His Thoughts are Higher
God is a God of logic, but sometimes He cannot explain His logic to us because His thoughts are higher and His ways are higher than ours and even if He tried, our finite minds would not be able to take it in and make sense of it all. So, in some cases, He leads us down the path, giving hints as we walk towards His outstretched hands, to understanding; He leads us to our own conclusions and the most amazing thing is, when we arrive at the answer, we know that we are there. Always turn to God for understanding even when He is silent for a time. The power of the Holy Spirit is always with us.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
Isaiah 55:8-11 NIV
The Prayers of a Righteous Man
We know that prayer changes things, but sometimes we pray for things we shouldn’t. Not bad things, but things that we know, when we are asking, that God either doesn’t do or won’t do. His thoughts are higher than ours and He knows the way that we should pray, and the things we should and should not pray for.
Let me explain. During summer break, my daughter is home all day unless she is working, and I love her but when she is home, she is glued to my side, and, although I love spending time with her, I need my space too.
So I find myself praying that she will stay overnight at a friend’s house and if she does, that it might run for 2 or even 3 days. But I know, even as I pray, that is not right somehow. It’s not bad, but it’s not something God would do. I felt guilty about it like I didn’t want her around somehow, but that is not true. Thankfully I finally figured out (maybe God’s whispers?) that the reason I felt like that was because when she is home, I am always “on duty” so my me-time is not really my me-time. So I’m thankful that I now know the reason.
Not My Will
The Bible promises knowledge and Biblical wisdom and reading the Bible leads us into all Bible truths. So I feel conflicted. I freely confess to God as I am praying that I know I shouldn’t be praying for that or the follow-up prayer for more time. But I can feel that spiritual “brick wall,” from the throne when I pray that. But God never spoke about why I shouldn’t pray for this, and since His thoughts are higher than mine, I knew I had to wait upon Him for answers. So I kept on praying but also knowing it wasn’t something He would answer, but I also thanked Him for the times it worked also.
Then one day, as I started to pray again for this, I finally found the answer, that God in His infinite patience had been waiting for me to find. My error was not in the prayer specifically, even though I shouldn’t be praying for that thing, but the error is that I shouldn’t want to pray that, I shouldn’t desire to ask God for something I knew He wouldn’t do. And I knew, instantaneously, this was the answer I sought! His thoughts are higher and the complexities of His thoughts so great, that perhaps I would not have been able to take it in. I’m not sure, but I am sure that His ways are better than mine and if He allowed the answer in this way, that it is the best way.
Obedience is Better
Since that day, I have ceased asking for this in prayer. I admit I will wish for that at times, but I know now that this is an earthly desire and God, even though He gifts us with earthly things, has much better gifts to bestow.
But most of all God amazes me how He leads us into all truth. Sometimes no words are needed.