“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
When I was recovering from my brain injury, I asked God for healing. Every night I prayed, “Please let me wake up tomorrow, well and happy.” Some nights, I was so desperate for relief that I would twist my linen sheets in my hands, pretending that they were the hem of Jesus’ robe. But every morning I’d wake up and the pain and weakness were still there. I grew disillusioned with Jesus’ promise of “Ask and you shall receive.”
Over the next few years, I slowly healed more and more. God used my injury and the time it took to heal to polish me into the person I had always wanted to be. Had God healed me overnight as I used to ask Him to do, I’m not sure I’d have reaped the blessings that are now in my life. I learned that it’s okay to ask God for what I want, but once I do, I need to let go of trying to control the process, the timing, or the outcome. Best to leave those to God.