(Unanswered Prayer!--Psalm 77:1-12)
May I ask you a question? As you and I grow in grace and deeper in the relationship with our Heavenly Father, does the same thing happen?
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As Holly and I get older we seem to spend more and more time in our recliners, watching a winter fire, cuddling a little dog and just, well, being together. We find there isn't always the need to do something or, for that matter, even say some- thing. I guess after thirty years we pretty much know what each other is thinking or about to say anyway. Gone is the day when one or the other needed to flick on the TV or probe about how the day went. We're just content to make the pur- pose of our togetherness less labor intensive. We like to be near each other. How different that is from the courting, honeymoon and child-raising times of our lives–how different and how comfortable?
As you and I grow in grace and deeper in the relationship with our Heavenly Father, does the same thing happen?
Here's a story: In an essay on prayer, C.S. Lewis suggested that God treats new Christians with a special kind of tenderness, much as a parent dotes on a newborn. He quotes an experienced Christian: "I have seen many striking answers to prayer and more than one that I thought miraculous. But they usually come at the beginning, when we have a baby belief. As the Christian life proceeds, they tend to be rarer. The refusals, too, are not only more frequent; they become more unmistakable, more emphatic." At first glance, such a suggestion seems to have it all backward. Shouldn't faith become easier, not harder, as a Christian progresses? There is a mystery here. Perhaps with time the purpose of prayer changes from need to something more intangible, like peaceful and comforting fellowship with God, never expecting more beyond hello and thanks for listening."(Source Unknown).
Do your prayers reflect the growth in your relationship with God? He's always been your friend. That's been a constant from the first day you believed until now. But, like all friendships, relationships must necessarily change and grow. As we get older and our walk with God becomes more familiar, less labor intensive, is there as great a need to tell Him much, emptying out our bag of need every day? You know, He's been walking and talking with you for years. He knows the need and cares about the want. I believe that God wants to hear our prayers, especially as we get older, more for the promise of renewed fellowship with one of His precious lambs than to "know" what we need or want. It's always a challenge because it means you and I need to be patient, willing to lay aside all doubt and simply count on His timing, His wisdom and His grace. Our Savior gives us the best example. Prayer sustained Him and served to draw Him near to His Father. God offers us the same fellowship opportunity, willing to just be with Him and let the rest, just happen.
We pray. Heavenly Father, as we get older, You"know" what we need or want. It's always a challenge when we prayer because it means we need to be patient, willing to lay aside all doubt and simply count on Your timing, Your wisdom and grace. Jesus gives us the best example. Prayer sustained Him and served to draw Him near to You. You offer us the same fellowship opportunity, willing to just be with You and let the rest, just happen.
In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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