Karie Herring – Prayer Coordinator
Do you often feel or find yourself asking God for the same thing(s) over and over again? Sometimes even in a different manner? Do you sometimes feel like these prayers have gone unheard? Unanswered? “Maybe He is not listening at all,” is what we say to ourselves when we let doubt creep into our minds. Have we ever thought that maybe our Father is answering our prayers by not giving us what we want, but by giving us just what we need?
The other evening my children were all crying out, carrying on as children do, about wanting frozen yogurt. As a go to favorite treat of mine, I teetered on saying yes, but was reluctant. My husband with his larger than life sweet tooth, couldn’t resist the temptation and I felt a twinge inside that he would give in to their wants for the delicious frozen treat. I could justify saying yes if he did! Somehow though my husband knew I was lacking my children’s enthusiasm and he proposed a beautiful compromise.
Knowing how much I love to cook for our family, I cannot resist any opportunity to play with food. No matter how complex the recipe, I could rival Martha Stewart in any culinary challenge. So in his charismatic fashion, my husband suggested to the kids, “Why don’t we ask Mom if she can make some frozen yogurt with chocolate chips in the Blendtec.” How could I resist. Plus we could enjoy time as family bonding together, picking out the flavors, the ingredients and sharing in our frozen confectionery creation.
We all wanted frozen yogurt and we didn’t even have to leave the house to get it. In that moment our family received just what we needed.
You see it was the want for frozen yogurt that reminded me of our Father. We pray like children asking their Father for the things they want; we ask long, hard, passionately, sometimes simply and with a tender plea that He will answer us in some fashion. Our most basic wants such as the strength, patience and mercy to get through the day, or even our most life changing wants like curing debilitating and terminal illnesses. We pray our Father will deliver all that we want in our prayers.
I am reminded of Philippians 4:19 when I begin to question unanswered prayers and when I begin to falter in my prayer life.
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
Our Father knows our hearts, our minds, our wants and our needs. We pray as a way to worship him, surrendering ourselves to Him as a humble reminder that we are not in control. If we remember to ask like a child we can be pleasantly surprised with the answer.
“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known” (Jeremiah 33:3).
So while we may want one thing, He always manages to deliver us exactly what we need.