This is the last in a six-part series on prayer. Listen here or scroll down to keep reading.
“And dear God, I saw this really great red scooter. It’s in a prize at my school — a prize in a drawing. It is so great! Please God, please let me win that scooter!”
My college chaplain was listening to this prayer by his daughter. When she was done, he calmly explained to her what any good pastor would explain, “God doesn’t work that way, honey. God doesn’t give out red scooters to some and not to others. Not any more than God wants the Browns to beat the Steelers.” (Ok, I added that last part!).
And he is right, isn’t he? God is not so capricious. God is not going to give to some while others go without. And God is really not in the business of handing out shiny scooters.
So, what to do when said daughter WINS the scooter?! “Daddy, Daddy!! God made it so that I won the scooter!”
What do you say to that?
Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly I tell you, if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and if you do not doubt in your heart, but believe that what you say will come to pass, it will be done for you. So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.Mark 11:22-24
This is where I have to be honest and say, that in the end, prayer is a mystery. We can think we know what it is. We can proclaim what it isn’t. But in the end it is this mysterious communion with God and with one another.
So, pray. Pray in these days for a miracle that let’s us “get back to normal.” Pray for a miracle that will keep more people from dying alone in hospitals. Pray for a miracle that will keep millions from the physical love of families, that is isolating us more than normal, that is making us afraid of each other in new ways.
And pray that when this is over the fear is dispelled, that the Enemy is sent packing, and that we can shake hands and kiss and hug once again.