Growing up most of us have heard these four words put into a phrase. Each word asks an important question that when answered will give us information we need to make decisions. As we further study these answers it opens up more precise actions to take in order to get the best results.
In our prayer life, however things can be very different. We are quick to ask God why things happen. Most of the time we will not receive an answer to the question, “Why?”
There are many examples of why we would not get an answer to our “Whys.” The most common reason is the word, why, many times puts the focus on us. Why did this happen to me? Why did my loved one die? Why do I always get picked over? Why doesn’t this person like me? Why does another person get all the breaks and I do not?
The question, “Why” will answer itself when we follow the basic rule of the Bible that states we are to place God above all else. As we follow the order of what, who, when and where the whys become obvious.
Lord, what would You have me do in this situation? Who do You need me to speak to and what would You have me to say? Show me where, Lord, You would have me go in order to best serve You and be specific when You would have me go or speak.
What, who, when and where take self out of the main attention and place focus back on God as we await His instructions. As we see the results of what transpires the answer to why takes care of itself.
Matthew 6:33 New Living Translation
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.