So, y’all, confession time, again. I feel like I’ve started my prayers off this week as, “Hello, Lord. It’s me. Again.”
I’ve had the hardest time coming up with something to write about this week. I started a draft. Then stopped the draft. Picked up the pen again and then promptly sat said pen back down. I’ve had to pray the Lord would give me a topic to write on. I asked my mom for suggestions. I consulted a friend.
Then it hit me in the shower this morning. Duuuuh, write about the scripture you’ve been chewing on all week.
Last week, I shared a post about the prayer journal I started (Good news, still going strong!). Since then, I’ve just really been thinking about prayer in general. My mom likes to tell our Sunday school children that prayer is like talking to your best friend. When you don’t pray, or talk to God, a connection is lost and you start to feel distant from Him.
Prayer is like a phone line
But, what about the times when it feels like you’re calling on God, but the phone line disconnects?
Or the times it feels like you just have to leave God a voicemail in hopes that He’ll get back to you?
You know, the times it feels like He doesn’t even hear our prayers?
Well, the good news is, He does hear us. Yep, even when the call feels like it dropped.
How do I know?
Well, because the Bible tells me so.
Read 1 John 5:14-15, friend, and let it digest.
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. 1 John 5:14-15
Hello, Lord. Can you hear me?
I wrote those particular verses on a sticky note earlier in the week and left it to marinate. You know, the more you see something, the more it soaks in?
If we’re asking the Lord to do something according to His will, we can be confident that He’ll do it and work it out in the best way possible, too. I know there are all kinds of petitions that we ask of the Lord. Asking Him to save someone? You can bank it that He’s working on that person. Asking Him to guide you to the right job? He’ll do that, too, according to His will.
But, that’s also the key: according to His will.
Which means in order for us to get a prayer through, we’re going to have to lay down our own will and seek after His instead. And that also means that some of the things we ask for in prayer won’t turn out like we had it planned in our minds.
That’s been the hardest lesson for me to learn, not going to lie.
But, you know what? I’m learning to enjoy being surprised by the Lord. I know He will answer my petitions according to His will. May not be exactly what I’m expecting, but I’d bet you a nickel, if I did that sort of thing, the answers to my prayers will be better and far greater than I could ever imagine.
And it’s all for his His glory anyway, right?
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