Reading verses like this in the Bible can falsely make us feel like God is our personal genie in a bottle or a fairy godfather. If only we can close our eyes and believe hard enough, our every whim, want and need will magically materialize.
But that’s not how it works. Perhaps that is why one of our most popular articles in Tirzah Magazine is titled, “When God Calls You to Give Up Your Dreams.”
In the first epistle of John, in 5:14-15, the author writes that these promises are hinged on us asking “anything according to His will.” God can’t work contrary to His character or His will.
Similarly, James 4:3 says: “you ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.”
Finally, John 15:7 specifies that only when we abide in Him, that whatever we wish will be done for us. Because when we are rooted in Him, we become like Him. The desires of this world no longer hold any appeal, because His dreams become our own dreams. Your faith also grows. Then you know what to pray for so that it will be answered.
So, how can you know what to pray for? Put your desires and dreams before God in prayer, but then ask for ultimately God’s will to be done. And continue to seek His face and will for your life. With time and spiritual growth, things will become more clear and concrete!
Do you have a testimony to share where God replaced your own dreams with His? How did it work out?
Do share with us in the comments!