Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name…” (Matthew 6:9)
I remember a time when I used to think prayer was largely pointless and it didn’t really make a difference if I prayed or not. Is God listening? Does He care? Isn’t He just going to do what He wants to anyway?
Earlier this week I got on my daughter’s case about taking a 30 minute shower. Clean water and the money to pay for it, both slipping out of my hands and into the drain of wasted resources to never return… ugh. I was perturbed enough about it that I literally went onto Amazon that same evening and ordered a waterproof timer/alarm to put in the kids’ bathroom. (more…)
“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.” (John 15:7)
Last weekend I casually prayed that the Dallas Cowboys might win their divisional play-off game against the L.A. Rams, primarily for selfish reasons; that I would have more rooting opportunities enjoying a Cowboys’ game with my kids. It didn’t happen- prayer definitely not answered.
Presenting our requests to God through prayer and petition is important, even when we aren’t sure if our prayers will be answered. But have you ever wondered why not all of our prayers get answered? (more…)