One of the toughest things about asking for prayer is that you never know what someone is going to pray for on your behalf.
Very well meaning folks might pray for something completely out of God's will for your life, thinking it best...and easiest. They might pray much smaller than what God really wants to answer. They are satisfied to ask for Plan B, in case God doesn't come through with what would really light their fire.
The same was true for me when I first became purposefully unemployed to follow God on this grand adventure.
One person in particular kept telling me this: "I've been praying for you every night. I've been praying that God will have a job for you, in case this all doesn't work out." In case I don't pay my bills with this writing thing, in case God changes His mind, they were praying that I would have an open door to go back to the real world, with time clocks and paychecks.
It was well meaning. I'm glad they were praying. Beyond touched. But, this person was praying for Plan B, and only Plan B. And I wanted to cry.
Finally, because we shared a close bond, I asked this precious soul for a very specific prayer, explaining with every ounce of kindness I had that I couldn't bear to hear another prayer for a job. I explained that I already have a job, and it is to be obedient to God's call. When I walked out the door of the office where I had been working, it wasn't to just give God a trial run. It was because I trusted Him, and still do, to guide me, to provide for me, and to keep His promise. I had received so much confirmation that God's provision awaited me, that I was meant to leap, that I couldn't bear the thought of a "just in case" scenario.
I had no Plan B. I still have no Plan B. I only have Plan God.
I don't know what that same precious person prays for me now, but I do know this: I want everything God has planned for me. I want to stand and see, to taste and see, to come and see, everything God will do and every person God will touch because I refused to have Plan B.
Plan God is grand and marvelous and exhilarating and terrifying, and I want nothing more than to be walking it with Him. There are people counting on me, on us, to NOT have Plan B! Because they are waiting on the path that exists in Plan God, and I want to meet them there.
©2014 Wendi Miller
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