“And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.” – Acts 3:5
Expectation is a powerful thing. You can expect the best or accept the worst, based on your perspective. In the text we find a man who was lame from his mother’s womb, unable to walk being laid daily at the gate of the temple called Beautiful. It just so happened that Peter and John were going into prayer and ended up walking by and the person was begging for money and was expecting them to give to him. What he received was far above what he expected. He received a promise of God, “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think.” (Ephesians 3:20) He received healing instead of money, Jesus instead of the same routine and joy over a continual problem that was persistently crippling him, his outlook on life and his future.
At times we can get something we expect, and it can be great. However, because of life and the circumstances of it we can begin to have a negative mindset, to the point where nothing is expected from anything or anyone, even God. We go to work, school, Church and even down to our own walk with God expecting nothing new to take place and usually nothing new does take place. That’s the power of expectation. Expectation moves your thoughts and places them into action. If you were expected to show up to win a specific prize at a place that you desired and put in the necessary work for, you would go, but if you didn’t expect to win at all, you would give up, not quite knowing for sure if you won. You could have, but the desire to from a lack of expectation kept you away.
While we may not be lame in our feet, unable to walk we can be lame in our mind unable to receive and expect something from Jesus. We have all heard it from someone when we made a mistake, “well, what did you expect?” and from those moments we feel shame. However, what if we started to alter our thinking expecting better out of life? The word “better” meaning more than money and things. Jesus said in Matthew 21:22 “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” Expectation is closely associated with belief in prayer. Expectation is hope and faith in action. It’s hard to pray in faith and not expect God to do something. That’s the power of a godly form of expectation. The expectation of God fulfilling His promises in your life. Expectation is the destination in which your mind goes after you pray. You begin to look for, anticipate and expect Gods answer to come in some way. You find rejuvenated joy and a refreshed heart towards God and His ways. You can thrive with this mindset spiritually. You can also deteriorate spiritually without it. That’s the problem. As it is with prayer, so it is with expectation, a personal choice that we must make as Christians. The question is, what do you expect? Do you expect God to answer your prayers or has prayer become a daily mundane routine as opposed to a growing and thriving relationship with Jesus?
What is your expectation level in prayer?
What causes a lack of expectation in your life (trials, circumstances, people’s opinions of you or things you do)?
How can you change your perspective towards the situations that may have dulled and put out the fire in your heart for God and His work in and through you?
Scripture for today: “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” – Romans 12:2
Father God, help me to rid myself of negative thinking. Father teach me to expect the best from You, no matter what that may be. Help me to be more positive and joyful in my relationship with You to reflect You to the world around me in Jesus Name. Amen.