Expectant Prayers

Why do we tend to pray with more angst than excitement?


It’s Christmas time, and I have a gift for you.

It’s small enough to fit within your screen, but big enough to change your life. It didn’t cost me any money, but it is very valuable and special. I’m tickled pink to offer it to you, so here it goes: It is the gift of prayerful expectation.

I do have a confession: I’ve actually regifted this present. God gave it to me first when He graciously revealed the power of prayerful expectation. And now I get to pass it on. I just had to change the wrapping, sort of speak.


Back in the day, when I didn’t know God nor myself the way I do now, prayers were many a times uttered in anguish, in a lamenting mode that sadly wished one could twist God’s arm or change his mind about an impossible situation.

But now that I’m a mature woman of 51, I’ve come to realize that God truly moves through prayer and that everything He says about it in his Holy Word is true and reliable, worth waiting and hoping for.

Just consider Jesus’ words recorded on Matthew 7:

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

Yes, our loving Father actually wants to give us good things. But the timing in which one will receive an answer is not always what one (especially those of us who belong to the Impatient Anonymous Club) would like or choose or think is particularly right. But in my 51 tender years of age, I’ve learned that God’s timing is truly perfect and that He is working something good while we wait for the answer to come.

So would you accept this gift I so lovingly rewrapped for you?

To pray expecting something good and wonderful from our good and wonderful, miracle-working God will truly change your life – plus it has the potential to change countless others’.

It truly is the gift that keeps on giving.

Merry Christmas!


Author: ana

I'm Ron's wife and the proud mother of 3 adult children: Gracie, Ronnie and Nick. A native of beautiful Guatemala City, I work as a Spanish court interpreter. I love to read, write and tell others about God's love.

3 thoughts on “Expectant Prayers”

  1. Thank You Anna, for your mere 51 years, you have a wealth of Wisdom (Gleaned from God I am sure). I especially appreciate the fact that now I “Expect” anything from God ONLY, not any human beings…..frail, fickle, and dust you know….
    Have a Blessed Christ-mas & Healthy and Peace-filled New Year.

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