Have You Looked Back at What You’ve Asked God for?

We're often so focused on the future that we forget to look back and thank God for what He has already done for us in our lives.

Look Back At It

Look back at it. It’s a common saying, and I know that it could be taken the wrong way depending on the context of this saying. However, when put in a spiritual context, it will all make more sense.

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” – Micah 6:8 (ESV)

As believers in Christ, we pray to God. We ask Him for things. We do our devotionals. But do we ever look back at it?

Let me explain this. At the end of your devotional week, do you ever look back at the things you’ve prayed for in alignment with the things God has revealed to you in your quiet time? Do you ever look back at your week to see what God is trying to show you?

The same can be said for our prayer life, we pray, we ask God to reveal things to us, to challenge and change us, to move in us and our lives, but do you remember what you prayed for when your heart is no longer suffering and struggling with the same things?

Related Post: Thankfulness NOT Forgetfulness

Prayer jars are not just for the holy rollers of the church. I have a running prayer request jar and answered prayer jar in my home. My husband and I write our prayers down and date them not to forget what God has placed on our hearts in each season. When a prayer is answered, we write it down and date, to never forget the amazing blessings God has given to us, no matter how big or how small.

Never make yourself too busy to look back at what God is trying to show you or answer for you.

Too often, we forget what we prayed for. When God gives us something, we don’t see the magnitude of the blessing it may be. We too often get swept up in the busyness and consistency of our day-to-day routine and overlook the healing, blessings, favor, grace, and freedom God is giving us.

I challenge you with this; if you desire to see God more in your prayer life, make your version of prayer jars.

Do you desire to have God reveal more to you through His word? Set aside reflection days.

  1. Weekly reflection time.
  2. Monthly reflection time.
  3. Quarterly reflection time.
  4. Yearly reflection time.

LOOK BACK at all that God has shown you, let each week, month, quarter, and year add up; and then you will truly see all that God is revealing to you. Not just a day-to-day routine that feels mundane and generic. There is true value in understanding the bigger picture than just the day-to-day.

When your days add up and line up, your hunger and desire for more revelation grow stronger and stronger!

Question from Sarah Thompson, the author.

When was the last time you looked back at what God has done for you?

Written by Sarah Thompson

Anyone can point someone in the right direction, not everyone can help guide and walk with people along the way. Just a helping hand on the journey to everlasting life.

3 thoughts on “Have You Looked Back at What You’ve Asked God for?

  1. I took this a little differently, “Never make yourself too busy to look back at what God is trying to show you or answer for you.” Sometimes we get so consumed with blessings that we don’t stay humble to His calling. On the flip side, sometime we can get so overwhelmed in earthly matters, that we forget that God can conquer all things both of this earth and beyond.

    Busying ourselves only keeps us out of His word, but when we look back at the times we were blessed and faithful and also down in the dumps and faithful, He never forsakes us! Thank you for this Sarah.

  2. This is so practical! I do a lot of the reflection side of things. So important! Also, I love this quote:

    “Never make yourself too busy to look back at what God is trying to show you or answer for you.”

  3. I think the pray jar is an awesome idea! Like you said, through doing this our prayer life will change along with it. Thanks for sharing Sarah.

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