I've prayed and prayed...
Last week my good friend Gerard John asked this question: 'if a child asks the mother for chocolate cake for breakfast and the mother said 'no', was the child answered? Of course the child was answered, just not with the answer the child wanted. Sometimes the answer is simply 'no'...
Sometimes I hear people say 'I've prayed and prayed and God does not anwer my prayers...' and to be honest I have said that too and I've learn't to appreciate those moments when God hits me right between the eyes and I am reminded that I can be something of a spoiled child if I only think God answers my prayers when he says 'yes'.
I mean I am a parent, the father of two wonderful children, who has had to answer 'no' on several occassions because I believed that what they are asking for may not have always been good for them. My response is out of love not spite, so why do I have this attitude about God? It seems that my image of God is not as a loving Father but as a vending machine; put in some prayer, press the button and voila, requested item comes out. Sorry Lord and thanks for your patience.
Oh yes, 'no' can be an answer too! So when we pray and God's answer is 'no', let's not pout and sulk like spoilt children but ask him for what he has that is good for us. I'm sure he'll be more than happy to say 'yes!'.
Hi, welcome to my weekly blog. I'm deacon Michel and I love blogging and the healthy exchange of constructive ideas. Now my mind has been known to wander on a million different things all at once so don't be surprised at what you find here. I often scratch my head and go 'Huh?' at my own thoughts. Feel free to leave a comment and share your thoughts with me.
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