Francis Chan provided a great perspective on unanswered prayer in a video on the DG blog on Friday. If you haven’t watched it, it is worth the 2.5 minutes!
But God reminded me on a couple of occasions this past week how much he is for me, even though I didn’t come to him at all.
The school district decided to change the bus schedules, which seriously and negatively impacted our morning responsibilities. I was mentally working through our options for several days, and not coming up with anything particularly helpful.
On the first day of school God just went ahead and provided a great gift that solved the whole thing. And THAT was when I realized I had never come to him even once with this problem.
Of course I was grateful to God and thanked him for helping us. But I also needed to ask forgiveness for not bringing this thing to him in the first place. The joy and gratitude I felt was tempered by my knowing my battle against my willful, sinful independence continues. But there was still a lot of joy and gratitude!
God knows what we need before we ask (Matthew 6:8), but that isn’t an excuse not to ask him. Jesus himself taught us how to pray and lived a life full of prayer. And Paul taught us to ‘pray without ceasing’ (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
I want to live like that; I don’t want anything getting in the way of my joy in God! I pray you do as well.