Back to school time, means I pull out my beloved Crock-Pot. What a lifesaver this ingenious invention is! It gives me the opportunity to have a busy life, but still have a warm, cooked supper ready to eat when our days of work are finally done. Only having approximately 45 minutes from the time I get home from work until the time I have to leave to go coach gymnastics for another four hours, it also enables me to provide a nutritious meal for my family before their nights activities begin.
Life is fast paced and busy. We live in a society where we all want things when we want them and have no idea what it is like to wait for anything. Since the invention of the microwave, that seems to be the pace of our lives. Fast and furious. But, sometimes the best things that we get are things we had to work for, or that we had to wait for.
It’s kind of like comparing a TV dinner, to that of a meal from the Crock-Pot. They are really incomparable. Sure, the TV dinner will fill your void and suppress your hunger, but it is not as satisfying as a meal that is made with love, attention and much time in the Crock-Pot. It takes planning for your meal in the Crock-Pot and then it slowly cooks to perfection over much time.
How many of use prayer like a microwave? We want our prayers answered immediate. Who cares if you haven’t been to church for decades, or that you haven’t read the Bible in ages. Suddenly, you are found in a life altering situation, and you don’t know what else to do, so you stoop to prayer because that is how desperate you are. You don’t remember the last time you prayed, but now, you are in a time of great need and you want the prayer answered.
You know what? Sometimes, God is just that amazing, and he will answer your prayers if it is his will. Even if you’ve been absent from him for quite some time. He will be there for you, because that is the kind of father he is. He wants to use these life altering circumstances to reestablish your relationship with him. He can answer prayers instantly, but not often does life work this way. Usually God takes his time working on our prayers to make them perfect, and all in his timing.
We don’t like to wait for our prayers to be fulfilled. We want them answered yesterday, but that isn’t the way God works. He likes to develop us, his children, into what he wants us to be. Usually while we are waiting on our prayers, we learn perseverance, determination, patience, grace, obedience, faith, hope, and the list is endless. God sometimes puts our prayers in a Crock-Pot to make sure we are developed to perfection before he answers our prayers.
Romans 12:12 explains, “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” God just wants us to dream big, be calm when we are troubled and pray at all times.”
The greatest thing that God wants is a relationship with his children, and he is patiently waiting for this relationship to cook up. A microwaved relationship is not what God is wanting from you. He doesn’t want to be your last resort when you are starving and need a prayer answered quickly. He wants you to plan out your time with him, organize your life for him, and pray continuously to him. Thank him for the many blessings he has bestowed upon you. Remind him of his promises to you from his Scriptures. Then ask him to fulfill your wishes using his own promises from his word.
You will realize that this Crock-Pot relationship is much tastier than the microwaved version. It is more fulfilling in so many ways! Give yours a try today!