A Thought on Prayer
Most of us in our church or small group have a prayer chain or prayer list. Usually this prayer list contains the names of people that are sick or hurting. Typically, our prayer is that they would get better or that the situation that they are going through will be resolved according to our wishes. What about what God wishes?
We forget that they are in there situation because it is God’s will. Remember, nothing that happens is outside the will of God. The common question heard on earth is, “Why does God let bad things happen to good people?” The answer is, “I don’t know!”
What got me thinking on this is my reading of Numbers 23:19-20, “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? “Behold, I have received a command to bless; When He has blessed, then I cannot revoke it.” These are the words of Balaam to Balak when Balak wanted Balaam to curse Israel for him. We are a lot like Balak. We want what we want and give little thought to what God wants. We should remember that “God causes all things to work together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.”
When praying, know that God’s plan is more perfect than our wishes and that His result is for the ultimate good.