God is indeed a Holy God and his word tells us this very clearly in the scriptures:
Psalm 99:9 – Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the Lord our God is holy.
1 Corinthians 3:17 – If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
I don’t know if people think about the fact that God has a great sense of humor. This humor is often displayed in asking God for something and being unprepared mentally, emotionally, and spiritually for how he delivers that prayer request. For example:
In 2010, I started praying and asking God to allow me to work for my pastor full-time. I was the church’s part-time administrative assistant, but it was really a full time job on top of my secular full time job. So, I did what I do – I made it a consistent prayer. Just as I was getting discouraged (and a little overwhelmed working 2 full-time jobs) something strange happened.
In 2013, the fire chief of the ambulance station where I worked came and told me he had given me a good review to someone who had called him for a reference for an administrative position. I was confused until I realized I had applied a few months back for a promotional position but had since changed my mind — I wanted to stay where I was. I loved my customer service job and dealing with the public. It also gave me an opportunity to interject God into some of my conversations (LOL … by any means necessary).
Long story short: I took the interview & told God – “Okay, Lord, I don’t know what is going on but I am going to take this interview and I don’t care one way or the other what happens – it’s all on YOU!” The City interview went well and they offered me the job.
So, how did God answer my prayer, you may be asking? The answer: As only God can … The man who became my new supervisor for the next 8 years was actually a full time Pastor at a Baptist Church! Hence, God answered my prayer – I was now working full time for a pastor!!
Moral of the story: God’s children have to be prepared and receptive to how God chooses to answer our prayer(s). It may not come exactly in the manner or package we want, but we can best believe it is exactly what is best for us according to the multitude of God’s love, mercy, and grace towards His children.
Jesus provided us with the best way to prepare for God’s answer to our prayers in Luke 22:42 when he ended his own prayer with “… nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”