The gateway to heaven via prayer is in and of itself a miracle. However, often we have a rote prayer, and a rote response – “done” or “not now” type response. Yesterday I had a very odd response that reminded me that someone really is listening.
I was praying for a favor for someone else, so I knew it wasn’t just me being rote and trivial. It was kind of important and would have a dramatic impact on that person’s quality of life, and I had promised to do some serious praying for them. I got an instant answer. Not just as soon as I finished praying, but as soon as I had opened my mouth. I was told that I was not supposed to pray for that particular favor – not even just to ask. I thought it was a sort of odd answer, definitely not what I expected, so I started to ask why. I guess I probably need to work on questioning the Lord and how he works, because I was told to just leave it alone. I felt sort of awkward going back to that friend and saying that I was unable to pray for them in this instance.
I did learn a few things though. I was reminded how closely God is listening. I was also reminded that he knows each and every one of us, and he knows us well enough to tailor specific answers to each and every sincere prayer. I also suspect that those specific answers are exactly what we need, whether we realize it or not.
- Spend a Little Time in Prayer! (work4christ.wordpress.com)
- How you can go from “saying” your prayers to “praying” your prayers… (rcspiritualdirection.com)