Mark Driscoll on Prayer

Some years ago, it was bedtime in my house, and three of my kids made requests. First kid comes up and says, “Dad, I’m hungry, can I have some grapes?” 

“Yes. That’s a do-able request”.

The next kid approached and says, “Dad, I’m thirsty, can I have a Coke?”

“No. There’s no bedtime Coke. You don’t have to stay up to study for mid-terms, you’re six. Have some water”.

The next kid comes up and says, “Dad, I really enjoyed swimming with you today, can we go swimming again right now?”

“Later. We’ll swim again. But not at ten o’clock at night. Right now, it’s time for bed”.
Three kids, three requests.

I don’t love any of them any less than the others. All three are my children whom I love and want to please but based on the requests and the timing of the requests, they got three different answers.

And that’s how God answers us: Yes, No, or Later.

One of the simplest ways to pray in faith is to pray with the belief that God hears our prayers but that not getting what we want doesn’t mean God isn’t answering.

What thing do you struggle to trust God with your life?

Spend some time today discussing that with the Lord today, as well as discussing your fears about it with him.

Culled From Pastor Mark Driscoll’s Devotional on Prayer.

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