When you ask God for something, that something is your target. It’s what you aim for, the direction in which you point your intention. To the best that you're able, you shoot your arrow of faith toward that target. Sometimes, you miss. An outcome is a pre-defined result, like hitting a bulls-eye. It's okay to target the bulls-eye, but we can't rely on that specific result. We can only aim and shoot. The same holds true with faith. We can aim at a target, but we shouldn't rely on a specific outcome. Rather, we rely on God, whether we hit our target or not.
Our intention has power, but intention only goes so far. When our intention aligns with God's intention, then I believe that nothing is impossible, as the Bible says. Oftentimes, we don't know God's intention or our intention is at cross-purposes with His. Nevertheless, we exercise our imperfect intention, our feeble faith, trusting that God sees our heart and delights in the quality of its tenderness toward Him.
About the Author
Rick Hocker is a game programmer, artist, and author. In 2004, he sustained a back injury that left him bedridden in excruciating pain for six months, followed by a long recovery. He faced the challenges of disability, loss of income, and mounting debt. After emerging from this dark time, he discovered that profound growth had occurred. Three years later, he had a dream that inspired him to write his award-winning book Four in the Garden. His intent was to illustrate one's growth toward deep communion with God, and to share the insights he gained from the personal transformation that resulted from his back injury. Rick lives in Martinez, California, with his husband, Mark. Find out more at rickhocker.com and at amazon.com/dp/0991557700.