When it comes to prayer I am regularly confused.
I pray for things. I pray about things. I pray for good things. I pray for other people. I am even unselfish in my prayers at times. However, I must confess often my prayers are not answered as I originally prayed.
Over time, I have come to realize that because we live in a fallen world that no matter how hard we pray, regardless of the level of faith, our good prayers with our unselfish intentions are not always going to become a reality.
NOW, that sounds kind of disappointing, if not downright depressing. Why then should I pray to God, if God is going to let me down at some point?
On the other hand, if everything I prayed about came to pass as my prayer directed then I would be able to corner the “prayer market” and make a comfortable living praying for people. “Send in those prayer requests folks, along with your best financial gift.”
But still I am confronted with the question, why should I pray?
Well, first of all I believe the Bible. The scriptures clearly teach that we should pray. In fact, Philippians 2:6-7 says, “don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.”
So I pray about those things in life that give me cause to worry. The list is long! The promise I get from God through the scripture is that even though my prayers may not be answered as I wish, I will experience a peace that cannot be explained.
The outcome may not be as I had hoped. I may be personally disappointed and saddened. However I don’t think there is anything more satisfying and redemptive than the experience of God’s peace that comes through faithful prayer.
So why do you pray?