Anonymous said: I am really struggling with something and I really need guidance right now. I just…how and why does prayer work? If God has a plan for us, why do we think that He’ll change the way things are because we prayed for it?
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” - Genesis 1:1
I want you to take a breath and think about that. The story of this universe does not start with us. It starts with God. Whatever God decrees comes to pass. He spoke the world into existence, and He will have the final word at the end of the ages.
Here is what you need to know about prayer:
This same God is not the gumball machine that we make him out to be.
The truth is that society has come to understand prayer in the wrong way. When we discuss prayer, it usually communicates a desire for materialistic or circumstantial gain. That is not prayer. God is not obligated to give us what we want, when we want it, and how we want it. God is able to say no.
Having said that, God’s plan is a lot bigger than us. God does not exist for us, but rather we exist for God. That means that our plans are not His plans.By His grace, He has included us in His plan for redemption and restoration. Yes, God has a plan for you, but that does not mean that your life is going to be perfect. In fact, because of God’s plan, your life is going to be harder. Just read through the book of John and see what Jesus promised about following Him.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
Jesus promised trouble, but He also promised peace. There can be contentment in the midst of chaos. How? Because at the end of it all, we will be united with Christ, and there will be no more tears and no more pain. Prayer, then, is not about getting what you can in this life. Prayer is about communicating and having community with the Lord who did not spare His own life. Prayer is about refocusing on what really matters: eternity.
“I pray because I can’t help myself. I pray because I’m helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn’t change God- it changes me.” – C.S. Lewis
Prayer is the expression of your love, pain, sorrow, passion, burdens, joy, accomplishments, sin, concerns, anxieties, and your everything to the God of the universe. It is not to get what you want. No matter how hard you pray, the trouble and pain of this fallen world will still be there. But you will change. You will have peace knowing that the God who gives you ultimate love is sustaining you. No matter what happens in this life, in the end, He will have victory and you will as well if you confess Jesus Christ as Lord and abide with Him on the road of obedience.
Whatever you are struggling with, know that Christ is Lord over all, and He has the power to change every situation under His will. He sees the big picture, and He knows what you are going through. Pray for every desire you have, but learn to trust Jesus. Whatever suffering we encounter in this life, we know that we are living for a God who weeps with those who weep and rejoices with those who rejoice. He is the God that suffers, and the God that suffers with us. Find your peace with Him.
Life is more than just right now! There is eternity. See past the mountain before you.
God Bless and Much Love,