Grace to you!
A woman complained bitterly that God had abandoned her when she needed Him most. She believed her prayers weren’t answered during the darkest moment of her need.
You may have found yourself in situations you felt God is deaf to your petitions.
Personally, on many occasions I’ve prayed for something and received something else in return. At first, I thought, “It wasn’t what I asked for.” But down the line, I realized what I asked for wasn’t what I needed. What I received was exactly what I needed.
You know there are many wants, but few needs. You also know there is time for everything. We may not exactly know, with absolute certainty, when is the right time. God knows.
Prayer of petition (the kind of prayer during which we ask God for something we or others need) is one of the ways of growing in trust in God and His providence. However, often, in the real world of spiritual life, our petitions don’t exactly happen all the time the way we wanted it. God sees things from a different point of view than we do.
I like to use the analogy of a pilot flying about twenty to thirty thousand feet high above ground and looking down to the ground to describe it. The higher we fly, the clearer we see the connecting roads, bridges, homes, etc., between cities. We see the bigger aerial view of cities. When we land, we can barely see beyond a couple of poles.
If we see things from the divine point of view, it’s like the pilot high above ground who sees the bigger picture; the length, breath and depth of what we ask for. God knows what is good, plus the right timing and circumstance.
Our prayers, even those we consider unanswered, were all in the store of divine consideration. God sorts them out (permit my limited human descriptive) in a blink of an eye, providing exactly what is good and beautiful for the prayer. In retrospect, we realize God answered our prayers after all. The answer may not be the way we thought; it’s the better way we never knew.
Thus, God answers all our prayers, as He promised in Mt 7:7. “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”
God answers all prayers with triple yeses:
1) Yes, it is my will and good for you. Then you receive an immediate result.
2) Yes, and I can see this isn’t good for you and here is what is good for you.
3) Yes, I see what you want and it’s good for you tomorrow, not today. You wouldn’t want to ruin your show by wrong timing, would you? God isn’t in the business of ruining people’s shows by wrong timing either.
Hence the best prayer of petition ever is: God, thy will be done!
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Thursday, Lenten Weekday, Week I,: Esther C:12, 14-16, 23-25; Mt 7:7-12]
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