And they ate and were well filled,
for he gave them what they craved.
- Psalm 78:29
Will God answer our self-defeating prayers? Scripture seems to indicate that’s a distinct possibility.
When the Israelites complained relentlessly in the wilderness that the manna - the bread of angels - God had sent them wasn’t enough, He answered their prayers for meat. He gave them so much meat that they ate themselves sick (Numbers 11:18-20). What blessings would have awaited them - how soon and how triumphant their entry into the promised land - had they merely trusted and obeyed? We’ll never know.
What blessings await us if, instead of giving the Lord instructions on how to bless us, we simply ask Him to bless us as only He can? Could this be the game-changer we’ve been seeking, simple and unreserved trust?
Heavenly Father, how foolish we can be. While we read these verses and sanctimoniously judge in our hearts the people of Israel - people who were in much more difficult circumstances than most of us - we pass along a list of demands, just as they did. In doing so, there’s a possibility that we will miss the richest blessings that You have to offer. Forgive us our foolishness. Ignore our self-defeating prayers, and teach us to pray in a manner that pleases You and gives You free reign in our lives. Amen.
Colin McComb lives in Edson, Alberta with his wife, Gail, and their three lovely children.