Are-We-There-Yet Prayers

In this preview of Daily Guideposts 2015, a family vacation helps one man come to terms with his unanswered prayers.

By Bill Giovannetti, Redding, California

As appeared in

The people spoke against God and Moses: “Why did you bring us up from Egypt to kill us in the desert, where there is no food or water. And we detest this miserable bread!" Numbers 21:5 (The Daily Life Bible)

The digital map told me our drive would last eight hours. Disneyland, here we come! With two kids in the back seat and my wife by my side, we left in the predawn darkness. What the map didn’t tell me was how tedious the drive would be: flat, straight countryside with very few good stops and not a lot to see.

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My wife and I quickly got bored. Our kids did too. Around hour three, “Are we there yet?” began.

“Yes,” I said, “get out now.” The kids laughed. Two hours later, I could no longer find the humor. Every whiny syllable ratcheted up my blood pressure. My normally delightful children transmogrified before my rearview mirror into demanding little gremlins, gnawing on my last nerve.

I thought of Moses in the wilderness. Two million followers delivering 40 years of grousing. His frustration level had to have been off the charts. As the “Happiest Place on Earth” drew closer, I was about to lay into the urchins, when the Holy Spirit exercised impeccable timing:  Bill,what if you sound like that to God?

I thought of my boatload of unanswered prayers. Had I turned them into occasions for whining? The trials I thought I didn’t deserve. Lord, have You brought me here just to torment me? Had my prayers devolved into a litany of complaints, a sanctimonious equivalent of “Are we there yet?” I whispered my apology to God.

“Are we there yet?” the kids asked again. I swallowed my planned rebuke. “Two more hours,” I said. “But who wants ice cream?”

Lord, teach me to enjoy the journey and trust Your map, no matter how long, painful, twisty, or boring the road may be.

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Thank you for the reminder to enjoy the journey and trust the Lord's map and His ways. I needed this :)

Terry I completed an AmeriCorps Volunteer assignment after three consecutive terms, July 31, 2013 was my exit interview, I felt led to seek non-volunteer positions with benefits, almost to the date I have worked infrequently the Board of Elections twice Fall 2013 and recently twice 2014 but, God is Faithful and has supplied all my needs. I've lost count of applications and resumes sent. Still seeking, but, as an Intercessor I'm more about my Father's business than ever which includes Praying for the unemployed and underemployed including seniors such as myself which seems to be harder to find gainful employment. I will add you to my Prayer Journal. Blessings to you in your search.Frederica

Terry God is faithful. Don't give up.

I have a interview today at 11:30,I got laid-off last July and can not find a full time job. Please Pray God will guide me in the right way. Thanks

Dear Terry, I hope by now you have been able to find a job. If not, don't despair. God is faithful and His word assures us in Ephesians 3:20 that He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we can ask or think according to His power at work in us through His spirit. Tap into that power that is also a deposit in you guaranteeing your inheritance in Christ and be rest-assured that all will be well in His time. Amen.

Terrie, I'm praying for you. GOD has a plan for you. He has not neglected your petitions. Ask, seek, knock. Matthew 7:7(New International Version) 7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
It may not be THIS job, but He has something planned for you. We can't see the big picture. He sees it all. We have to have faith that He will take care of it. It is when we get in the way of what He is doing that things get messed up. That is why the Israelites wandered in the desert for 40 years instead of going directly to the promised land.

May GOD richly bless you.

Terri -- you are in my prayers right now as you are going to your interview. I was laid off in 2009 for a year and a half. I was hired back by the same company that laid me off but at a much lower salary than what I was making before. I have been back for 4 years, and I am so thankful to be working and have benefits. I will pray the same for you.

At this moment my son and I haven't talked in a week. That's not like us-I am praying and trusting GOD to change this today--I would appreciate all your prayers on this today--this is so painful not to be talking with my son. I'm sure there are Mothers that can relate. I could use a word of email is Thank you so much!

Tammy, my heart and prayers go out for you. GOD hears your cry and sees your tears. He wants you and your son to have a healthy relationship in the Lord. Proverbs 10:1, 15:20.
Psalm 30:5 (New International Version) For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
May GOD richly bless you.

I can totally relate, Tammy! You are doing the right thing by reaching out to God and trusting in His plan.
I decided to be more specific in my prayers regarding my adult children, especially my youngest son, a couple months ago (because I read that is what we should do). I am already seeing answers to those prayers.
Keep the faith. I am praying for you.

Thank you. A short but sweet and potent message. God bless you and have a wonderful week.