May I ask you a very personal question? Have your prayed something you thought God would give to you, example, a gift or promise of God found in Bible, or a weakness (not a sin) to be removed? You are probably disappointed that this prayer seems unanswered. You probably stop asking for it already.
Here God points out our wrong thinking and a tutor us to understand correctly. Firstly, the lie is that you think God has not answered your sincere prayer for something that seems spiritual. The truth is that God has answered your
prayer, but not the way you expect, just better.
That leads to the second thing, a truth that we must learn to see, that God's answer to your prayer is to let this weakness remain in your life, or not giving you the gift or promise! And this is a great blessing. How is it so? It is a greater blessing because God's greater gift to us is not just anything, it is His character. Through weakness we grow in godly character. Paul testified to this with this words, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Godly character is the strength Paul spoke of.
Reflection: What character is God shaping into your lives through your weakness? Identify God's grace in your
life by recognising the characters Jesus has already moulded you into. Can you imagine yourself with all the gifts and promises without character?
Prayer: Lord, I am so grateful that instead of answering my prayer the way I ask, you shape your character into me. May I continue to recognize your grace in my weakness, so that I may always lift your Name high in my life. Amen