When you take the time to pray to God, what should you pray for?
John looked down into the eyes of his newborn baby girl. I remember holding your older sister for the first time. I was so terrified that I was going to break her. Then I finally figured out that holding you is just like holding a football. Things were fine after that. I tell you what bitty baby, football treated your old man pretty good. It got me through college. God sure provided there. Now I’m going to need His help again. I need to find a new job so I can afford to take care of you two beautiful babies and a beautiful mama.
John read Romans 12:2. “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
John prayed and prayed and prayed for God to show His will.
After a time, John received not one, but two job offers. John breathed a huge sigh of relief. One of the companies was even willing to pay for his move. John happily accepted that offer. To John, his world looked like this picture from photosfan.com.
It took years from John to realize his mistake. “I feel horrible God. I am so sorry. I’ve spent my whole life thinking that I didn’t want to bother you with the little stuff. I’ve always thought that I should only pray for the big things. Then I read I Thessalonians 5:16-18”
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
“It finally makes sense to me. Now I know to I should have prayed to you not only about getting a new job, but I should have been praying for how to take care of my bitty babies and how to hold them. Thank you God for showing me that you care about everything that I care about.”