My friend, may I ask you a question? Do you sometimes feel that God isn’t responding to your prayers? Does it seem that there are times he doesn’t hear you? Perhaps it has something to do with how you’re asking?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
Recently one of my little grandsons needed a cup of water. His mom, aunt, Nanna and Papa were seated around the kitchen table drinking coffee and chatting. The little guy wandered into the kitchen from his perch in the Great Room where he had been watching TV with his brother. He was thirsty and knew that he needed someone to reach up into the kitchen cabinets and grab a plastic cup, go over to the fridge, fill it with cool water, attach a Sippy Seal and give it to him. For some reason, however, distracted by the activity around him and, perhaps, the noise of the TV program, he decided not to ask for the water. Instead he climbed on the rung of his mother’s chair and softly whined. He pulled on her sweater and continued his climb. She kept talking and he kept purposely clinging without the desired result. Finally she asked him what he wanted and he demurred to another tug and a whine. “Just ask me!” she replied. “Can I have a cup of water?” was his soft but respectful reply. It wasn’t long before he had his cup and a cool drink of water from the fridge. There never was a doubt he would have it; all he needed to do was to ask in such a way that he convinced his mom that he both needed the water and wanted her.
Do you sometimes feel that God isn’t responding to your prayers? Despite his promise to hear your every request and respond to them with an open hand and generous heart, does it seem that there are times he doesn’t hear you? Perhaps it has something to do with how you’re asking?
Here’s a story. “One day a little child was praying in earnest. After finishing his request for this and that he paused. Restarting his prayer he looked to heaven and stated, ‘And dear God, I hope you’ll also take care of yourself. If anything should happen to you, we’d be in an awful fix.’”(Unknown.)
Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:6: “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” My grandson thought he was addressing his need for a drink of water, but he really wasn’t. He first needed to tune into his mother’s asking frequency, establish the link and relay his message in earnest. Prayer is more about relationships than it is about words. God is asking you and I to tune into a worshipful relationship with him and ask. He knows what we need, but he’s looking for a relationship since he’s already in touch with our need. One-on-one with God is important and each of us needs to find the time and place that caters to the aloneness that God is seeking. That little child’s prayer ought to inspire us. His prayer was a worshipful, respectful exchange not a demand. His will was IN the relationship not just about the need.
We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us the gift of worshipful prayer. Help us to tune into your presence with the willful purpose of talking with you, not just talking at you. Forgive us when we forget that you know what we need and when, making our asking more of a whine than a respectful and worshipful request. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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