Scripture in the Morning #57
A great quote by D. Martyn Lloyd Jones…
“I am profoundly grateful to God that He did not grant me that which I asked – and I praise Him that He shut certain doors in my face that I so wanted to walk through.”
This is a reality that I well relate to – for often I have presumed to tell the Lord in prayer what He should do to bless me. I would say, “Lord, please do this. Open that door Lord. Close that door Lord.” It is as if I think somehow that I know what is best for me better than does God.
I surmise we all struggle with this at times.
This quote states that D. Martyn Lloyd Jones realizes after-the-fact that much of what he “directed God to do” was foolish and not for the best – and he thanks God that the Lord did not give him what he asked for.
1 John 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.
The premise is this: ask for what is Godly, selfless, loving, obedient and honorable – and He hears us (gives onto us that which we lift before Him). Now, since we are flawed and often have no idea what is honoring, obedient and Godly, then a suggestion for prayer for you to consider. Perhaps we should not tell God what to do. Perhaps it would be better to pray something like this…
“Dear Lord. You know what is best for me and what is best for me to equip me to serve and love and honor you. So, please Lord, whatever it is that you choose, wherever it is that you take me, make me faithful there. It is not my will Lord, but thy will. Open the doors Lord that need to be open and close those I should not walk through. Give onto me confidence to know that whatever you choose for me is best. Make me obedient Lord, make me trusting. Make me dependent upon you Lord. Move me Lord, to embrace your ways, your plans and your priorities.”
And perhaps we can join our author of today’s quote and thank God that He has not always given us what we wanted.