“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what we asked of him."
1 John 5-14-15
Parenting tests this passage like few other
experiences. Because we love our children, we assume we know what is best
for them. We pray for God to honor our plans and are shocked when God
sometimes leads us down a more difficult path, with testing and pain.
For me, the
turning point came when I realized I was looking at God as a "cosmic
vending machine". When I prayed, I somehow felt He was obligated to
comply. Then, a colleague gave me a simple guide that changed my
perspective on prayer. He said, "Prayer is asking God to align you
with His will, rather than asking Him to be aligned with yours."
what you and your children really need.
When we pray, He is at work answering those prayers, but in a way that suits
Him and His Kingdom. Faith trusts the wisdom of His answer, even
when His answer is different than what we expect.
God's will to be done and your prayers will be answered.