I’ve had times when I’ve tried to do a series of posts that I hit a brick wall. Writers block, so to speak. I hit the wall and then miss the achievement of my goal of writing so many days in a row. But, not today. I decided to just start writing and see if enough words would come out that would eventually hit my topic. And, like the title says, today’s topic is prayer.
The author of the devotional talks about her complicated relationship with prayer. I’ve had one too. There are many verses in Scripture that say if you pray in faith, you will get what you’ve asked for or some variant of those words. In the early years of my faith, I thought that meant I would get whatever I asked for, and when I didn’t, I was told I didn’t have enough faith. That’s hard for someone to hear especially when the people saying it seemed to be continually blessed when all that was happening to me was bad times which included sickness and financial downturns. It also hurt when those same people implied they were better than me because of their blessings.
As I’ve gotten older though, I’ve come to know better. Prayer doesn’t exist so we can get all our wants and desires met. Like the author says, “Prayer is this amazing opportunity to connect directly with the greatest Being who has always been.” (100 Days to Brave, Annie F. Downs) It is a way for all of us to connect directly with our Lord and Savior. But, here is what I didn’t realize before. When we begin to pray about a situation, we usually don’t know all of the particulars and we definitely don’t know what is going to happen in the future. In other words, we don’t know what God knows. God wants us to come to Him in prayer as it says in 1 John 5:14. “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”
But, He also wants His very best for us and not what we think is best. He also doesn’t want to give us the same thing as the church member who lives down the street. So, this is where I need to have courage and confidence. Courage that God will take my prayers and use them for His glory and confidence that I am in the palm of His hand no matter what happens.
I am so thankful that we have this vehicle of prayer to connect with God and that He is always available even if no one else is. I am also thankful He knows what’s best for me even if I sometimes don’t. May we all connect with our Lord and Savior today in this glorious thing called prayer!
Praying God’s blessings on you all today!