I guess what I read here Chris is that prayer works as long as we leave the results open to God. I kind of like that!What do you think? Do you think that we should ask God specifically or generally when we pray? A few years ago I wrote about this idea in a post titled Letting Go of the Answers.. here is an excerpt from it:
I think that people would pray differently if they embraced an idea where we present our needs and then somehow find the ability to trust God to answer or not answer the way that He wants.
Unfortunately the picture is often painted in the scripture is of folks like Elijah praying for rain and God answering his prayer exactly how he prayed. I struggle with this biblical picture because it presents a formulaic picture of prayer.
What do you think about people who pray for years for a specific (good) thing and never seem to get the answer that they pray for? Should we just say that Elijah got lucky or should we give them a cliche type of answer (like it must not be God's will) that makes excuses for God?
The Prayer Question
Today is the US National Day of Prayer. My cyber-friend Chris wrote a post titled: Does Prayer Really Do Anything? Here is the comment that I left on his blog: