We pray for specific things asking God to bring it to pass.
We have an idea of just how we expect God to answer our prayers.
We put God in our box, we contain Him, and we place limits on Him.
We tell Him exactly how to do things because that is how it will perfectly fit into our lives.
But one thing we have to remember. God is not a man! God does not work on our timeline or schedule.
God does not work inside our perfect box. God does bigger, grander, and humongous things.
God will not answer your prayer the way you are expecting Him to.
God will bust your box wide open. He will destroy any preconceived idea of how He does things.
However, He does answer your prayers; it will make you stand back in awe of Him. His answered prayers will blow your mind.
Have you ever heard of the phrase “be careful what you pray for”?
God will answer your prayer, but when He does He will push you out of your comfort zone. He will bring a test to prepare you for the exact thing you prayed for.
Be prepared to be moved into a place of discomfort as God tests, builds, refines, prunes, and brings pressure to your life.
He does all of these things out of His love for us. He cannot bring answered prayers without preparing us.
Doing so would destroy us. We cannot receive our answered prayers without first being prepared.