We’ve all seen it in a movie or on TV. Or maybe it was in a book you read. Someone is facing dire circumstances; there’s no way to get out of this situation. Death and disaster are looming. The person’s reaction to the threat is to pray the prayer of the desperate.
They pray, “God, if you’re there, can you help me. Sorry to bother you, could you please help me out. Just this once. If you help me, I won’t ask for anything ever again. I won’t bother you with anything else.”
It’s present in real life, too. Out of curiosity, I Googled “miracle prayer” to see how many hits it would give me. Slightly over thirty million. Then I noticed the related searches at the bottom of the page. The first one listed was “instant miracle prayer.”
I sometimes wonder what God thinks of these prayers. The promised incentive of not asking for anything again seems to be the opposite of what God wants. There are many Bible passages about God wanting a relationship with us. But, I can’t think of one that says to ask for just one thing and then don’t bother God anymore.
If one of my children asked me for help and told me if I gave them what they wanted they would never bother me again, I’d be disappointed. I love my kids. I want to be a part of their lives. I imagine God feeling the same way.
God wants us to make him a part of our lives and cares about each and every one of us individually. God wants to be bothered. It’s ok to pray, even when it’s not a life and death circumstance.
Try an experiment. For the next month whenever you take a car trip, before you start look at the driver’s side mirrors and pray, “God please protect everybody on the road during this trip.” Then look at the rear-view mirror and pray, “Please help… and name someone who needs help. Finally, look at the passenger side mirror and pray, “Thank you God.”
Will this solve all your problems and make you always happy. Sorry, no it won’t. But, if you begin to develop a closer relationship with God, that’s a miracle right there.
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