- Luke 11:9.
This was from the Gospel reading the last weekend of July. It is such a great passage and reminder that we need to develop a relationship with God through prayer, and when we ask in prayer for something we will receive it. But let’s be honest, we have all prayed for something we really wanted, just for that prayer to go unanswered.
Whether it is for our football team to win the championship, for direction or clarity in life, or for a loved one to heal, sometimes it seems like God is not listening. I can recall many, many times during high school and college praying for the same things, over and over again. We live in such an instant and consumer based culture that we want our prayers answered our way and now! Unfortunately, God does not work that way, and yes at times it is difficult and downright sucks. The two things I was constantly praying for that seemed like God was ignoring the most were: “God what is your plan for my life?” and “Please bring that special someone into my life.” The constant prayer without result led to a lot of turbulence in my relationship with God. The hurt and turbulence can be even great if you prayer for a loved one to heal, and they don’t.