I’ll Pray It My Way

“The compass of our knowledge of ways and means is very narrow, as, if one is blocked up. Often we cannot see another; but our God knows many ways of relief, where we know but one or none at all, and it is very usual for the Lord to bring the lifting up of His people in a way they had no view to, after repeating disappointments from those quarters from which they had great expectation.”

–Thomas Boston, The Crook in the Lot

At some point in the past I realized that when I (and probably many others) pray for relief of affliction, and if God is to make it happen in this life, I’m praying for the solution that I see is the way out, instead of realizing that God could make it so in an infinite number of ways. I don’t think this means that God won’t answer our prayer because of this–that would be ludicrous–but it narrows our perspective of how God can work. We shouldn’t expect him to do it our way, or that we even know what that way is.

2 Responses to “I’ll Pray It My Way”

  1. 1 Eric

    That’s so key in bearing up (in a hopeful spirit) under our afflictions. Sometimes I see only one or two solutions (or none at all) & if it looks like those solutions aren’t going to happen, I think God must not be involved or care. How important to keep “Plan C” (God’s as-yet unknown plan) on the table, when Plans A & B aren’t happening. We really have to keep a humble spirit & acknowledge anew that we don’t have all the answers. Thanks for another thought-provoking post! Eric

  2. 2 Scripture Zealot

    You’re welcome. So much to learn and unlearn.

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