Have you ever really, really wanted something? Did you beg and pester your parents for it? Perhaps you even prayed and asked God for it. Your prayer might have been a lot like my Bike Prayer.
 
When I was seven, there was something that I really wanted. I wanted a new bike. I talked about that new bike and pestered my parents about it. I wanted it more than anything—one with tassels on the handlebars and a shiny white seat. I couldn’t stop thinking about a new bike, and one day I heard this Bible verse:
 
“And we are confident that He hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases Him. And since we know He hears us when we make our requests, we also know that He will give us what we ask for.” (1 John 5:14, 15)
 
But I didn’t really listen or understand the whole verse. What I heard was that when it came to ANYTHING I asked for, God would give it to me.
 
Well, I really, really, really wanted a new bike. So, I decided to pray! I asked God to please let me have a new bike. I was very specific—I asked Him to give me a new bike that day!
 
Well, that day I didn’t get a new bike. So the next day I prayed the same prayer. And the same thing happened. No new bike. Each night I dreamed of a shiny new bike and me riding it up and down my street. For many more days, I asked God for a new bike.
 
Weeks went by and still no bike. I became sad and gave up. I felt like God hadn’t been listening to me at all.
 
Then, about a month later, guess what? It was my eighth birthday, and do you know what my present was? A beautiful new bike with shiny tassels hanging beautifully from the handlebars and all!
 
God HAD been listening to my prayer! I just wasn’t listening to hear His voice. If I’d stopped to listen, I probably would’ve realized that new bikes don’t just come along every day.
 
God was teaching me patience—to wait for this good thing. God already knew that my parents were saving their money, and planning to surprise me on my birthday. God was answering my prayer—like He always does—but I just wasn’t listening for His answer.
 
God always hears our prayers. He always answers them. He wants what is best for us, and if we ask Him for something that pleases Him, and is good for us, He will give it to us. Sometimes His answers aren’t really clear unless we listen. Many times His answer is “wait.”
 
So if you have your heart set on something, ask God about it. Be patient and pray that His will be done. Wait for an answer and make it a wonderful new day—a new day with Jesus!
 
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