On the subject of prayer in this week’s devotion, I would like share with you a tremendous truth about prayer and I’m sure it’s something you are already aware of. God does not always answer our prayers in the way we think He should. Amen? I have often thought about this and have come to the conclusion that perhaps I’m not supposed to know, nor is it my right to question how He answers my prayers. These words of Henry Viscardi bring the truth home in a powerful way:
I asked God for strength, that I might achieve.
I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked for health, that I might do greater things.
I was given infirmity, that I might do better things.
I asked for riches, that I might be happy.
I was given poverty, that I might be wise.
I asked for power, that I might have the praise of others.
I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life.
I was given life, that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing that I asked for, but everything I hoped for.
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am among all men, most richly blessed.
My friends, the next time you ponder how God answers prayer, remember this: He always answers our prayers in the way that will for our utmost good and for His richest glory. Amen!
– Pastor Rob Pesola