Parenting by Design - August 19

Answers to Prayer

1 John 5:14-15:  "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" (NIV).

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."

God knows 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.

Pray for God's will to be done and your prayers will be answered.