Thirteen months ago, I began on a prayer journey. I created a prayer vision board relative to our daughter’s career. I titled it with her name, an apostrophe and career. I studied to find scriptures in support of the vision of her career. This came at a time when she was underemployed and determined not to move home and relaunch. She was working hard yet the return on investment wasn’t evident. Although it was a season of “be not weary,” the fainting was not only tangible on her end, but on her family as well. The season required a different methodology for the challenge experienced. Back to my original premise of the creation of the prayer vision board. For about 30 days, I added scriptures, prayed over them and the post collegiate. Near the end of the intentional prayer journey, the post collegiate interviewed and was offered a position. I praised God for his faithfulness and for seeing before my very weary eyes, the manifestation of decreed prayer. I shared our testimony with family, friends and via social media. About five days later when our daughter arrived to the place of employment, our hopes and dreams, and perceived answered prayer did not unfold as we expected. Her orientation was sub par at best. No directives were given. She left the first day with more questions than answers. She reached out to the person who hired her over the next few days, only to find that the job she was actually hired for was filled before her orientation began. She was devastated, and I was angry beyond belief. I went into serious mom mode and was ready to demolish the company and all within. I could not for the life of me understand how such a horrible bait and switch move could be enacted. Her new role was the parallel opposite of what was offered. In tears, I listened to her pour out her hurt and disappointment. I felt helpless, other than to admonish her to resign and that we would work it out. As a parent, I imagined how it must hurt God to watch us and hear us plead to Him for change. Unlike Him, all I could do was say, “We’ve got you!” Yet, isn’t that what God says to us as well?
She resigned from the job. Less than four weeks later, she found another job. It wasn’t necessarily what she wanted, but it carried more responsibility than the job before the disaster and she was able to negotiate a rate of pay that reflected her worth. We thanked God and watched Him respond to our prayer. She was back to taking care of her needs with little assistance from her family. For that she felt accomplished. I didn’t throw away the vision board. I kept it near where I slept. Although I’d added little scripture on it since the original design, I continued to pray for her career. I continued to believe God for the exceeding, abundant, more than I could ever ask or think! Often times when I spoke with her and shared my belief and faith that she would reach her desired space, I could hear the “eye roll” through the phone. Again, isn’t that how we respond when others may remind us of the faithfulness of God? Thank God that He surrounds us with people who have the propensity to get a prayer through, even when we don’t! The definition of propensity is to have a natural inclination or tendency. When it comes to prayer, the Word of God says in I Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Throughout this last year, we have continued to rejoice, despite not seeing things in the manner we’ve hoped, yet giving thanks in everything, because it could have been different.
We hear about the benefits of the consistency of prayer all the time, but we fail to consider that prayer is not answered in simply a linear manner. While God gave the post collegiate a job that enabled her to meet her basic level Maslow Hierarchy of Needs, He also provided comfort and assurance that he’d not forgotten about His promises spoken in His Word. The question becomes do we have the propensity to continue in prayer when we don’t see the evidence as we expect? Every time the enemy encouraged me to throw away the prayer vision board, I instead chose to move it to a different place in the room. The enemy is cunning, he tried to convince me that removing the board would declutter the space, and thereby declutter my mind, creating a more peaceful environment by which to rest. I swear he plays too many games! LBVS! We must continue to be strategic with the enemy because he will use every weaponry accessible to block us from believing God. When we elect to use the weapon of prayer, we can enact damage so much more than he can handle. However, he knows that, which is why he is relentless. However, do we?
Thirteen months ago, I began on a prayer journey. I thought it was answered after thirty days. I learned that the dips along the way were building blocks for the prayer that was petitioned. I never stopped praying although everything outwardly encouraged me to give up. Thirteen months later, the post collegiate has been accepted into a graduate program that is designed to move her deliberately toward her career, you know that thing that the prayer vision board was originally designed for. The propensity of prayer prevailed, even when I sought evidence that did not align with what I’d prayed. She may have learned something from this experience, but it didn’t happen without what God was teaching me. The Word of the Lord declares, “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it,” (Isaiah 55:11). The initial job = void. The disappointment = void. But His Word shall never be void! God be praised. May we keep on praying despite what we see.