How to Let Go of Something You’ve Prayed For

Do you find it hard to ‘let go’ of something you’ve prayed for?

I notice that when I don’t fully surrender “that thing” to God (because I don’t trust Him to answer the way I want Him to or in MY time frame), I keep myself in an agitated, worrisome state of mind. In my mind, I continue to wrestle with how I can create the outcome that I’m looking for.

If you struggle with this too, know that we are in good company with even the best of the best…Abraham and Sarah of the Old Testament.

They were very old when God promised that Abraham would become the father of many nations. I can’t imagine hearing that I would bear children in my 90s!! Yikes!! Yet it was a promise they were both hopeful and excited about.

But God wasn’t making things happen fast enough, so Sarah and Abraham manipulated things to “make” it happen without God’s help. Well, that didn’t work out so well. If they had remained patient, they would’ve avoided lots of stress, turmoil, and suffering. Ultimately, God delivered on His promise, and they were blessed in a mighty way.

What do you need to let go and trust God with today? Go ahead tell Him what you are struggling with and ask for His help to trust Him with the outcome. No fancy words needed. Just talk to Him like you would your friend.

Do you believe that all your prayers require words? Thankfully, they don’t.

Sometimes there are no words. Just pain. God knows your heart and wants you to bring ALL of your burdens, even in the form of tears. No need for fancy words or a formula. Just come as you are. He is with you and holds you close. Just relax into His comforting arms. He’s got you even when it feels like your world is falling apart. You are held.

His word promises that “for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28, ESV).

When you release your cares to Jesus, allow His peace to fill your soul. Affirm with your lips:

“God, I don’t know how this is all going to work out. You know my desires. I choose to put my trust in You rather than my limited understanding. Help me to trust Your promise that all things WILL ultimately work together for good. In the meantime please help me focus my attention on what You have for me in the here and now. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.”

January 7, 2022


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