Praying with expectation

Jan. 30, 2020

Scripture Readings

As I sit here to write this devotional, it feels like I'm being futuristic, only because it is not yet Jan 30, 2020. However, I am confident that at the time you are reading this, we will be on the 30th day of what is an amazing year. Why am I convinced of that, you ask? The excitement in the air as we wrap up 2019 is palpable; so few turn of the decades have been heralded as 2020. We are witnessing a season of change across the globe, and many waits in expectation for what comes next. However, we all have one thing in common – desires. We all have desires, yearnings, requests, needs and expectations that we want fulfilled in 2020.

In the first reading, the psalmist is asking God for defence. He desires deliverance from what he is convinced were unjust wrongs. The other (Eliphaz) is making an argument in defence of God, in light of what he believes Job (his friend) is experiencing. Each of these men had a request, expecting God would do right by them. Regardless of what they witnessed happening around them at that particular time, God took care of their desires and fulfilled their needs. In short, these men were in a time of prayer to the defender of the universe for their own personal needs and desires.

As I read the passage in Matthew, the theme solidified for me. God wants us to bring our desires (requests) to him. Jesus asked of John's mum, "What is it you want?" (Matt 20:21); and of the other, "What do you want me to do for you?" (Matt 20:32). He probed to hear what exactly their desire was, and he left no doubts as to his willingness to respond. God is on the lookout to hear us say what we desire or crave from him.

As we wrap up the first month of 2020, I want to encourage you by saying there is a beauty in bringing our requests to God. Praying about them will bring you to a place of partnership within fulfilling those hopes and dreams. At the very least, you affirm your belief that we have a true and caring father who listens when we speak, and that there is no desire too big or small for him to listen to.

Key thought: In 2020: God wants to know what is it you want?

Seyi Odewale

Elder, Children’s Ministry Volunteer