"But let him ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is
like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind" (James 1:6).

Pray, Believing

Little Johnnie was saying his bedtime prayers a week before his birthday. In a loud voice he enumerated all the things he wanted. "Don't pray so loudly," his mother instructed. "The Lord is not deaf]."

"Maybe he isn't," admitted Johnnie, "but grandma is." A lot of our prayers may be like Johnnie's. We ask God, yet make other provisions. There is something good about the axiom, "Pray as if everything depended on God and work as if everything depended on you." But, in one sense, it reveals our spirit of independence. It conveys the idea: "I'll have to do it all myself, anyway!"

We must admit the essentiality of dialogue with God. And our requests must come from righteous lips for "he hears the prayer of the righteous" (Proverbs 15:29). Prayers are like skyhooks--if we get enough fastened in up there we will have something to hang onto when the world is jerked out from under us.

Yes! Pray, believing! Then God will answer your prayer. He may answer, "NO!" He may answer, "LATER!" He may answer, "MAYBE." Or He may answer, "YES!" But let us understand one universal truth...the Father in heaven is eager to hear and respond in positive ways to his children.

"Holy Father, accept our prayers of faith as confessions of our utter dependence upon your love and mercy. In Jesus' name. Amen."

Never stop praying! Never stop believing! - Steven Clark Goad