Do you remember what you prayed for? In this episode, Tiffany is challenging you to reflect on your prayers, get back to or start your prayer closet/prayer journal and be mindful of the consequences of getting ahead of God.

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Scriptures Mentioned: Genesis 16-18

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Hey beacon, welcome home to your bounce back blueprint community Podcast, where you are challenged to be do and have God’s best. As you thrive on your journey from setback to success. I’m your bounce back guide, Tiffany Huff-Strothers. And I’ll be guiding you on the journey by sharing tips, tools, and the T on how I was able to bounce back from escaping death, healing from heartbreak and finding hope in homelessness. And then I wrote an award winning book all about it, and shout out to God. Ever since I was courageous enough to share my story. My life and the lives of women around the world have been forever changed. And as a member of the bounce back blueprint community, I’m called to teach you to do the same. So grab your journal, and let’s build this blueprint. Hey, begin. Hey, I am super excited to build the blueprint with you today. Let’s get into it. Let’s start with highs and lows. Why don’t we? How has your week been? What have been your highs and lows? Definitely. For me my highs have been that I am back to consistently working out. And I have been doing my sprints. I am getting back to being a runner. And I am excited about that. Do you run? What a sister No. And as it relates to Lowe’s, I would say y’all know I am a bibliophile and I have not been making time to read. I have a ton of new books. And actually, there’s a new one I want to get. But I have not been prioritizing my reading time. And so my books are stacking up. And my birthday is coming and I’ll likely get some new books. So hopefully on the next episode, I’ll be sharing that my high is that I’ve gotten to dig into some of my new books. So I would love to hear from you. What are your highs and lows for the week. And you know, if you notice my lows, the lows are usually an opportunity to create an A high or dependent upon perspective could also be a high. So I would love to hear from you to share your highs and lows. tag me on Instagram or Facebook at the Tiffany Huff. So today we are talking about prayer. Specifically, you know the challenges that we often face when we get what we pray for. But it does not look or feel the way we expected it to. So today’s question if you are not even if you are today’s question for you to jot down in your journal because I know my begins, come here ready to get the T the tips, the tools, and you have your journal ready. So today’s question is, do you remember what you prayed for? Do you remember what you prayed for? And you might be thinking, Tiffany is my prayer. I know what I pray for? And I hear you, I do.

But I want you to bear with me anyway. And I want you to really give this some serious consideration. I want you to get honest with yourself while you consider this and know that on this bounce back journey, it gets challenging, you know, again, there are peaks and valleys on this journey, which is why we are now starting every episode with highs and lows because I want you to recognize that it’s not always going to be perfect. It’s not always going to be easy. But it doesn’t mean that God is not still with you. God is always an is still faithful. And I want you to be encouraged and know that there are always lessons in those valleys and as well as the peaks. So do you remember what you pray for? Now, I asked this question because sometimes when we ask for something or we pray to God for something and we receive it or he tells us Yes, we expect for it to manifest in a certain way right we have our preconceived notions, but God has in impeccable plan right it is not flawed at all. The challenge though, is when he gives us a yes to stay aligned with his plan and not try and get ahead of him and enforce our plan on him. Because here’s what I know for sure. if we are not careful, our expectations will causes us frustrations, our own willingness to align with God’s plan, or our desire to get ahead of God will cause us pain, sometimes money and drama every single time. And there is a clear example of this in the Bible, of course. And in fact, in the very beginning of the Bible, God is giving us this foresight through the story of Abraham and his wife, samurai, right? So in Genesis 15, and 16, we see how Abraham prays to God, and well actually God is giving Abraham a vision. And after Abraham is given the vision, I’m sorry, and at this point in the Bible, he’s Abraham, after Abraham has been given the vision, he says to God, in Genesis 15, to Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless, and the one who will inherit my estate is my servant. And God says to him in Genesis 15, for this man will not be your heir, but a son, who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir, okay? And then he, they have a conversation, and God affirms His word, he tells me to make a sacrifice, which he does. And so it is done. God has told him that he will give he and his wife a child, period, point blank. Then in Genesis 16, we find Samurai frustrated with the fact that she has not born a child for her husband in Genesis 16, one into she says, Now Sarah Abrams wife had born him no children, but she had an Egyptian slave named Hagar. So she said to Abraham, the Lord has kept me from having children, go sleep with my slave, perhaps I can build a family through her. Abraham agree to what surprised said last pause, because in the previous chapter, God affirmed Abrams prayer and told him that he would bear children and that his sermon would not be his heir. However, in the moment, I believe a room for God what he prayed for. Now, there is no context in this particular scripture that says, How much time lapse between chapter 15 and chapter 16. However, I am willing to bet that part of the reason Abraham forgot what he prayed for or dismissed it on sir, I made the suggestion is because of the amount of time that has elapsed, and so that is, again, why I am asking you today. Do you remember what you prayed for? Just because a significant amount of time has lapsed, does not mean that God’s promises for you are not still yes and Amen. Do you remember what you pray for? Go get your prayer journal, go and get your gratitude journal going get go into your prayer closet, if you have one, look at the dates that you wrote those entries and that you wrote those prayers. Maybe you didn’t write them down. Maybe it was years ago, that you pray to God for your own child. Maybe it was years ago that you pray to God, that your fiance would be ready to be your husband or that in fact, you would even meet a potential fiance. Maybe it was years ago that you pray to God for a promotion, or raise that someone will want to hear your story and embrace it. Only you know what you pray for and when you pray for it, but I am here today to remind you that it does not matter when you pray the prayer. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been praying the prayer. There are no expiration dates on your prayers, nor are their expiration dates on God’s promises. God told Abraham immediately after he affirmed that he would give him a child or children. He said in Genesis 15 five look up The sky and count the stars, if indeed you can count them, then he said to him, so shall your offstring offspring be.

Abraham believed the lore and he credited to him as righteousness. So God not only told him that he would bear a child, but that he would have so much offspring, that he wouldn’t even be able to count. Like he can’t count the stars in the sky. So, you know, not only did God affirm his prayer, he promised him that he would answer his prayer exceedingly and abundantly more than what he had asked for. And the same is true for you. But you’ve got to remember what you pray for and be aligned with it accordingly. Sir, II may not have been privy to what God told Abraham. Again, the scripture does not give us this context. In Genesis, however Abraham knew. And so there is the second point that I want you to make. Everybody else does not know what you pray for. And you have to be careful on this journey. When you are bouncing back. And people begin to take notice of what you’re doing, or what you’re preparing to do. Maybe God has given you a word of vision, and you’ve shared it with some people. And now they are coming around and saying, Why is it taking so long? You haven’t. XYZ by now. You still waiting on God? You’ve been working so hard, you’ve been doing so much, and everybody else is? Fill in the blank, right? Because, again, the Bible doesn’t say this. But I’m sure Sir, I was feeling like everyone else is having children. We are the only ones who aren’t, we need to do something. And so I want you to be mindful in this season, when people begin to question what you know to be true question the promises that God has made you do you remember what you pray for? Now, I’m not saying that you need to explain anything to anybody. But you do need to remember what you pray for, so that you aren’t making rash decisions, in the moment based on circumstances based on people’s opinions based on a timeline that you created, that God never validated, God never affirmed. You have to be careful that your affirmation is coming from God and not from other people. Let me say that, again, for the people in the balcony, you need to be sure that your affirmation is coming from God and the Word of God and that you are not caught up in or tripping over other people’s affirmation or the desire for validation from any body other than God. And here’s the other thing that you really need to be mindful of. God expects us to be good stewards, not only good stewards of the physical things that he has given us dominion over right, so not only good stewards of your material possessions, not only good stewards of your child or children, your marriage or relationships, but he expects us to be good stewards over his promises. And when we are not good stewards over God’s promises, then there are consequences. And so if you read on in Genesis 16, in verse four, once Hagar becomes pregnant, it says, when she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress. So now sariah is dealing with some unruliness some attitude, that ultimately the consequences of getting ahead of God of not being a good steward of God’s promises. And so what is going to happen, what happens is that there becomes some discord in their marriage, because now she’s going to Abraham and saying, this is your fault. And he’s telling her, you wanted this, you deal with it. And again, this is a TIFF notes version of verses five through six, and you can read it verbatim on your own time. But the point is that even when you think you have come up with a solution, and you, you take action to get ahead of God, there will be consequences. there will be consequences, and then you will have to spend even more time to get what God had already promised you was yours. Because now you have to deal with the impact of your decision to get out of your position and try to assume Gods Do you remember what you pray for?

Remember, this bounce back journey is about you rebuilding your life. But it’s about you rebuilding your life God’s way as about you, rebuilding your life so that you can share your story for God to get the glory. In order for you to do that. You have to be in alignment with him. You can get tired, but you don’t want to quit doing it’s God. Doing it God’s way. You can get frustrated. But don’t let your frustration turn into disobedience don’t allow your frustration to turn into self sabotage. Do you remember what you’ve prayed for? Or have you gotten so far away? From what you prayed? Have you gotten so far away from your connection with God, from his word in his will that you do not remember what you pray for? Listen, you know, this is a safe space. This is not about judgment. This is about me supporting and challenging you to get back on track to get back into alignment with your divine assignment. And so if your answer is no, I don’t remember what I pray for? Or if your answer is I prayed. And then I still did it my way, then here is what I am praying that you will begin to do. Number one, if you don’t already have a prayer closet, or at least a prayer journal, let today be the day that you start one. And this does not have to be anything that is going to cost you a lot of money. It doesn’t have to be expensive. You can go to the dollar store and buy a journal, you can go to the dollar store and buy some index cards are posted. And some, some tape if you want to actually start a prayer closet. And I recommend that you put a date on every index card or posted or on every page in your prayer journal. And I also highly recommend that when you get an answer from God, whether it’s a promise, or the actual manifestation of whatever it is that you are praying for that you make note of that. And the date of that is well, because God will get the glory from your story when you share that you pray for something on What is today’s date, when you share that you pray for something on Wednesday, May 26 2021. And God answers your prayer on Thursday, May 27 2021, he will also get the glory. If you share that you may have prayed a prayer on Wednesday, May 26 2021, and you receive an answer in May of 2031. Do not put time limitations on God. Be a good steward of your prayers. Be a good steward of God’s promises in your life, and stand on them. Don’t let anybody get in your air telling you is taking you too long, or it doesn’t look like God is involved. Or you need to do something now because God is not. Listen, this is not the time for you to try and fit in. This is not the season for you to be a chameleon and have expectations for your journeys or God’s will to look the way it looks in anyone else’s life. You are not called to be a chameleon, you are called to stand up and stand out. And sometimes you have to do that longer than you would like sometimes you are going to have to endure more than the woman or the person standing next to you and door anyway. Stand anyway. Know that God’s promises for your life are still yes and Amen. And it is okay to remind God of your prayer. You know, in fact, Abraham did remind god of his prayer in Genesis 17 because at this point he was 99 years old. And Abraham is our Abraham is like so. You want to give me a song one I’m 99 100 years old. In fact, in Genesis 1717 that’s exactly what he asked, Will Sarah bear a child at the age of 90 because he’s pushing 100.

Sarah isn’t is pushing 90 and he wants to know you know, he’s reminding god you know, you said you would give us a sign and God affirms again. Yes. You are going to have a Son, then in Genesis 19, he comes back and Abrams like, Alright, now I’m, I’m out here in the streets, all old. And you keep saying, I’m going to have a son. And when Abraham tells us to Sarah, she left. She says in Genesis 18, and 12, after I’m worn out, and my lord is all well, I now have this pleasure. Then the Lord asked, Why did Sarah laugh and say why I really have a child now that I am old. But baby, it is chapter 14, for me, is anything too hard for the Lord, I will return to you at the appointed time next year. And Sarah will have a son, I will return to you at the appointed time. Is there anything too hard for the Lord? Do you remember what you pray for? This is what I want to leave with you that there was nothing too hard for the Lord and your prayer, his promise will be made manifest in your life at the appointed time. Now you can go into Genesis and read the rest of the story and learn that in fact, Abraham and Sarah did have a fun and his name was Isaac. And Isaac was born when God said he would be. And so I want to encourage you today, get into your prayer journal, get into your prayer closet, remind yourself, first of what you’ve prayed for. And as you continue to praise their prayer, as Abraham did, even after they had made the mistake and gotten ahead of God, remind god of of his prayers, and remind those around you, right, who are closest to you who are on this journey with you. Because ultimately, you know, Abraham and Sarah were the closest of close, right, so he did have to remind her of what God said. And in fact, he asked her, why did you laugh? Or when she denied that she laughed, he said, Yes, you did laugh, you know, because he needed her to understand. He needed her to remember what he prayed for and what God promised him. And so I need you to remember what you pray for. I need you to stand on it, regardless of how long it takes. And I need you to have the boldness and authority to remind those around you who are naysayers, who are trying to encourage you to do anything out of alignment with God, even if it is a good thing. It is not a God thing that you remind them of what you pray for, I would love to hear about the prayer closet you are creating about the prayer journal that you are starting. And I want to be sure to say there is no right or wrong way to start a prayer closet or a prayer journal, and my own personal prayer journal. When I write in it, I do start with confessing right so that if there’s anything that I need to repent for, or that I need forgiveness for, I start with that. And then I go into gratitude. And then I make my petitions before the Lord. And you can use that format or you can create your own. You don’t have to do in any particular way. This is really about your journey and your relationship with God. So I pray that you are encouraged this week that you are going to create the space and prioritize time to not only develop or get reconnected with your prayer closet, prayer journal, but also to reflect on what you prayed for. Even like I said, if it was decades ago, whether it was days ago or decades ago that you remember what you pray for, and you live your life accordingly. And that you begin to prepare for it so that when you are in the valley longer than you expect it to you don’t develop a plan to get ahead of God. You seek Him to determine what you need to do in the meantime.

Because what I know to be true is that God is not going to play you. But if you are out here in these streets getting ahead of God because you don’t remember what you have pray for. I promise. You are playing your self. Be blessed. Oh, and before I go, remember, if you haven’t already, please leave a review. When you do you create the space and an opportunity for other vegans like you to get connected. Be a blessing to someone else today.