At times God answers a prayer with a challenge; not because He wants us to have a difficult time or the answered prayer must be paid for. But because He wants us to know our worth.
Let me explain. Perhaps you’re cash-strapped. So you pray for finances or financial blessings. But God instead sends you a project that you’re paid for to do. The project may seem daunting or challenging. But it’s not because God wants you to struggle or have a difficult time. It’s not also because the project is a payment for the answered prayer. Rather it’s because God wants to reveal your worth.
In other words, God has supplied us with potential we may not even be aware of. He wants us to discover it and use it for His glory. Perhaps the project may even be an open door to other projects or opportunities.
God has created us and given us what we need for a purpose. Thus, he may not give us the answer to our prayers on a silver platter. But he wants us to build on the answered prayer so we may realize the beautiful creation that he made us to be.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. -Ephesians 2:10