Gina Caswell Kelly
How often would you say you pray? I mean really pray. Not like “Oh please let that car not run that light!” Or “Please don’t let my debit card decline!” I am talking real live praying to God and pouring out your heart.
I think prayer has been on our minds lately. With illness, death, drought, election, everything else going on around us, we have all probably spent a little more time praying, than is our norm. But, this is not how it is supposed to be. We should be talking to God everyday as we go about our business just in a normal life. My mother used to say she knew God was watching out for my daddy. He would get so deep in prayer as he was driving, he would occasionally disregard traffic signs or lights! He truly was a man of prayer. As he got older, if my sisters and I or my mother were ever arguing about anything, he would just break out in prayer. Boy, nothing stops a fight like having to bow your head because someone has started praying! But, it always did serve to defuse the situation.
There is a verse in James that, translates to “Pray like you expect something to happen!” (James 5:16) I am not sure we do this very well. I think we pray with hope, but I am not so sure we pray and absolutely expect to see God work. That is a shame. Our God is so capable and so powerful and so willing to work on our behalf. Now more than ever before, we need to be praying with confidence.
Now, let me point out something right here. We can have all the confidence in the world, but sometimes our will is just not God’s will at that time. I have prayed hard for many things in my life that did not work out like I wanted, but I never had any doubt that things worked out the way God intended and intended for my good. You see, God sees the big picture. He sees where the path is going. He sees what we cannot. This is why we should trust His will in all things.
There will always be those things that happen that we just cannot understand. But, if we could understand it all, we would not need faith. And faith is so key to who we are as Christians in God’s world.
As things continue to spin around us and as there continue to be so many unknowns and unanswered questions, we need to go back to that verse in James and pray like we expect something to happen. Pray for God’s will above all else and then stand back and see what happens.
God wants to make a difference in your life. Pray with confidence today and allow Him to make that difference!