Finding what we are looking for doesn’t always happen. We can labor in prayer, search in and out begging and pleading with God but may never have all that we ask for. Paul and Jesus both found themselves in this kind of prayerful quandary.
If you remember, Jesus asked His Father to remove the cup of suffering from Him and yet the Father did not do as His Son asked. Jesus went to Him in prayer 3 times, essentially alone (since his disciples were asleep) and had to surrender His will to the Father’s will.
Paul had a similar experience with what he called a “thorn in the flesh”. He pleaded with God 3 times and 3 times the answer was the same: “My grace is sufficient for you”. This was not the answer Paul was hoping for at first or second or third. Yet in both cases, Paul’s and Jesus’ God did something more than what they were asking for. God used their pain, their hardship, their suffering for great godly gain. God will do the same through yours.
What is something you keep asking God to do and yet He has not done?
Is it possible that God could use you and whatever it is to glorify Himself in a way you can’t see now?
How has God given you strength to endure it?
How has God shown His grace to you through it or in spite of it?
How can you allow God to use you and your situation to benefit others?
“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not mywill, but yours be done.” Luke 2242
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9