‘And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith’
I think the very last words of that passage ‘if you have faith’ should have a huge asterisk next to it. I think I sometimes pray and then go off and do what I think is right anyway and then wonder why it’s all a mess. It’s a bit like that at work sometimes. I brief someone to do something then decide to do it myself. If we do that to God he must wonder why we bothered praying in the first place!
Currently, I’m finding that to be a bit of a problem with my work situation. All I’m really praying for is a somewhat secure future for myself and my family. I’m not being too specific. But then I think I’m trying to direct the course too much in my actions by being very specific, to the point where I’m forcing it. So, I think that’s where the faith comes in. God wants us to look after us, I’m sure. And if I think about the last four weeks since I left my full-time job, God has provided just fine. Effortlessly actually.
I just need to pray hard but pay equal amount of attention to those last four words!
‘Heavenly Father, Help us to have faith through prayer rather than praying for the sake of praying and then following our own path. Direct us back on to the path with you as our guide’ – Amen!