Grace Episcopal Church


Prayer

                                                   

And just so does our Lord lead his children.
He knows. He knows better.  He knows better than we do.

“He guides me along the right paths for His name’s sake” (Psalm 23:3)

When we pray, we say, “Not my will, but Your will be done.”
And we say, “Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.”

praying hands

[am I assuming too much here?] 
We want God’s will. He knows what’s best.

So, when we come to pray, we trust Him to answer in the way of His choice, not ours.

If we cannot pray and leave the answering of that prayer to the Father, accepting whatever He chooses to send as
His will in that situation-if we cannot receive that with thanksgiving and believe that He has indeed heard us, we will quit praying.  
Some have quit praying.

If we cannot keep believing in God when He delays answering our prayers, we will quit praying. 
Many have quit.

If we cannot keep trusting when God disappoints us with the answers He sends, we will quit praying. 
And many have quit.

God knows what He is doing. God has His own plans. He wants our faith in Him to be strong and steadfast, to endure
the hard times and to be pure in the good times.

God is at work this very moment. He will do things in His own way, and He will take His own good time about it.
If we cannot pray, “Your will be done,” we will quit praying and go away disappointed. 
Many have gone away disappointed.

Do not be surprised if God’s answer to your prayers is not what you asked or wanted or expected.
But what you said you wanted above all was His will to be done.

Written by The Reverend Joe McKeever