“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” {Colossians 4:2, ESV}

When you pray, are you watchful for only the response you are hopeful for or do you see all God is doing in reply to your prayers?

Ouch, I know, hard question, right?  I really didn’t want to type that question as the Lord was prompting me this morning.  And if you’re anything like me, you probably don’t want to answer it either.

When I pray, often times my focus is on what I am asking and therefore, naturally I’m on the lookout to receive what I’ve prayed.  Many times, if I’m honest, my greatest disappointments come when my focus is on my want instead of being watchful for what the Lord is faithful to do.

If we believe that our Heavenly Father gives good gifts {Matt 7:11} and He always hears our prayers {1 John 5:14} then why wouldn’t we remain hopeful and watchful for the answers we prayed for?

I think the simple answer is that God is so good that He choices to give us His best response.  And because He see’s all and we can’t, His response to our prayers often don’t look like we thought they would.

What if every time, we choose to believe God for His better plan?  And what if simply setting our focus on God’s best we could evade the majority of our disappointments and doubts that so easily creep in?

I know, being watching for what the Lord is doing isn’t a new concept and many of you are probably really good at doing this. If that’s you, you are amazing!  I would like to believe I’m there too.  But I know that my hope often gets locked on my desires to the point where I have to be really diligent at realigning my focus to look for all God is doing.

Those of you who are little more like me in this area, this encouragement is for you today.

What if what we think would be really great for our lives, really isn’t the best thing overall?  And what if out of God’s great love for us, we grow to trust God’s best answer every time! Hopeful and watchful for what He does instead of fixated on what we want to have happen.

Our watchful posture for what God is doing envelops us in the peace of contentment! Click To Tweet

Our relentless prayer and watchful posture for what the Lord does leads us to a mature and fully assured life in Christ {Colossians 4:12, ESV}!  We live with a faith that is whole heatedly bought into the plans of our Lord!  Our desires become more in line with God’s desires and we live with more contentment and gratitude over our whole life.

I believe God wants to hear our heart and He never wants us to stop putting our desires and requests before Him.  Our authentic asking prayer pleases the Lord but after we have prayed what we do next displays our trust in God.

It’s in the faithful surrender of our prayers and the watchfulness of our hearts where we grow in knowledge and trust of our Lord.

May you be all the more watchful of what the Lord is doing in and around your life today!  Believing that God is hearing your prayers and responding with His best every time!

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Q: Do you have a prayer, you’ve been praying, where you are unable to see past your wants and see God’s response?

Q: How can you be more watchful of what God is going today?

Q: List three things God is doing in your life right now?


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BethAnn Foro
BethAnn Foro
Howdy, I'm BethAnn! Founder, Author, Bible Teacher, & Chief Visionary at She Believes Ministries. I love to gather and encourage women everywhere to lean into Jesus and simply BELIEVE HIM! Not just believe in God but truly believe all of Him for our whole life! I'm so happy you are here at SHE BELIEVES, I hope you find encouragement and deep refreshment for your soul through the online pages and faith-based resources at SHE BELIEVES MINISTRIES!


  1. I think contentment is something I have to strive for every day. It isn’t something that is learned and then I can move on.
    Thank you for your words today! I needed them!

  2. Kristina says:

    I think the thing that freaks me our the most is the process He takes you in order for your prayer to be answered. For example, I pray for my husband’s salvation. But I am afraid of what that means. Does that mean he has to loose his job and he will go into a spiral of depression? Does that mean something bad has to happen? I am not saying this is correct on how I feel because I know that God will help me through as He always has but just thoughts that I have when I pray. Good post. visiting from coffee for your heart #92

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