When I was a child I prayed for all kinds of things. Some of these things were silly and as an adult I look back on them and think they seem so unimportant. As a child it was important to me and I also believe they were important to God. For it was sometimes him answering a seemly unimportant prayer that he gained my trust and faith. As an adult I have prayed for things that are on a much larger scale and what I would consider more important to God’s kingdom. For it is through my childlike prayers that he has changed my heart and mind in many ways over the years.
Prayer where we ask for things from God is a funny thing. Similarly many people struggle with understanding how prayer works. For prayer does no change who God is but it does change who we are. Similarly God does make us certain promises in the Bible.
One of the things my husband and I have struggled with is the question, “does God always answer prayer?” For there are verses that imply he does. “So if I ask for a Mercedes will he absolutely give me one?” The simple answer is yes he always answers prayer. But the complex answer is he does not always answer prayers in the way you think he should or you asked. When you asked for a Mercedes maybe he gives you a bike that means you start exercising and loss 60 lbs. Look God gave you means to transportation and made you healthier all at he same time.
So maybe God did not give you a fancy car but he does make us the promise of answering prayer and he does make the promise that he will ALWAYS give you either what you ask for or something better but never something less.
This is a promise that is often hard to hold on to. From my experience with praying for something of importance it has meant I have had to wait, endure, walk through darkness before coming out the other side. But God has been faithful in answering prayer. Sometimes it has taken a week, sometimes it has taken a year, sometimes it has taken 20 years and some things I am still waiting on. But God has always been faithful in giving me things far better than my narrow mind could imagine. For at the end of the day my prayer is always: Lord May your will be done on earth at it is in heaven. Amen.
“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” Luke 11:9-13
So to those who question whether prayer works, may God give you a heart of faith and patience. And to all, may we never forget the importance of prayer for it is our lifeline to our Heavenly Father. Amen.