The birth of my son went nothing like planned. I mean nothing. In fact, everything I didn’t want is exactly what happened.
On the day my son was born, 4 days after being admitted in the hospital, I was facing the possibility of a c-section. My mom said, “let’s pray”. I blurted out, “No! We keep praying and it’s not working”.
It seemed useless.
My prayers weren’t working and, therefore, I didn’t want to pray.
I’m a little embarrassed to admit it but that’s exactly how I felt and I don’t think I’m alone.
I think at one time or another, if we’re being honest, we’ve all felt this way.
At some point in time, you have probably prayed for something and it “didn’t work”. It’s happened to me more than just this one time. And it will probably happen again.
In fact, it will continue to happen until we can learn to pray the way that Jesus did: “Not my will but your will…”.
Too often we treat prayer like a wish list and God is our Santa. We lay out our wants instead of aligning our prayers with the will of God.
Yes, God wants us to come to Him with our desires and our needs but so much more than that, He wants to communicate with us. He wants us to not only to talk but also to listen.
Perhaps if we listened more, we would know more how to pray according to His will because we would know Him more.
Perhaps if we listened more our prayers would work.