You may not imagine you’re in sales, but the fact is you are.  In one way or another, you go through life negotiating for things you want.  You present your ideas, your side of the argument, your point of view and hope that other people will buy into it.  Sometimes you do that because of strong convictions or beliefs, you sell ideas.  Other times, you truly have something to sell, like your current book or your fabulous porcelain collection on Ebay.  No matter what you have to sell, the hope is always to get to “yes,” to get someone to buy.

Sometimes I feel like a salesman when it comes to prayer.  I find myself wondering if there’s a new way to present my case, to impress God that I’ve learned lessons from before and now I’m ready to move forward with His “Yes!”  I may have presented my case in the past, but nothing came of it and so I have to keep looking for other angles, or keep trying, believing, and trusting that if it’s meant to be, a “yes” will come. God has blessed me enormously with timely answers to my prayers, some resounding yes moments.  I don’t know if an actual salesperson thinks this way, but I’ve learned a couple things about trying to sell God on an idea.

One thing is that I can’t “buffalo” God.  In other words, I can’t try to submit a half-hearted desire and hope He responds.  I can’t go before Him with last year’s information and hope it’s enough to get His yes this year.  I have to have taken the time to learn that there’s more God wants me to know before we can get to yes.  I have to do more homework.  In other words, I have to be prepared for the “yes.”

I also know that closing any deal means you’ve presented your case well and that the buyer is ready to buy. We all know God’s timing and ours may not coincide. Sometimes you have to knock on God’s door a number of times and present your case in a new way, with new enthusiasm, and renewed trust in what you are asking for and then wait for His answer.

If you’re like me, you’ve offered prayers based on old information about yourself and if you had received a “yes” at the time, it would have been unfortunate for the you that evolved a short time later. God had something better in mind.  He knew an updated you was coming. He sees the most perfect and beautiful you, the one who deserves even more than you know to ask for.  In love, He allows you to wait so He can get you to see what He sees, that there’s something even better for you.

Perhaps in all of our negotiating in life with people we work with, or people we live with, or even with God, we have to be less interested in closing the deal and more interested in getting to the “yes” of being all we are meant to be.  Then, when “yes” happens, we’re totally prepared for all that it brings.  Yes, I’ll buy that idea!  Yes, I’ll give you what you want!  Yes, I see exactly where you’re going!  Getting to “yes” is a process and it’s not the “yes” itself that is the win, it’s knowing that when God says “yes,” He knows you’re ready to deliver on your promises. He knows He can trust you with the relationship, or the job, or the incredible joy He’s giving you.  He knows you will see His hand at work.

Don’t sell yourself short!  Do your homework, try, try, again, and put all your hopes at the feet of the One who loves you, the CEO of “yes” in your life and He will answer.  Have a positively wonderful day!