When we go to God in prayer, we do so with no guarantees. We bring to God the desires of our hearts and our hopes for friends, family, and the world. Often we pray for a certain situation or for some conflict to be resolved. But sometimes, when we are in a season of personal discontent, we do not know what to pray for. We sense some imbalance or uneasiness in our lives, but we cannot quite put our finger on it. So we pray for things like guidance, direction, wisdom, discernment.
Usually when we pray, we pray with a certain hoped for answer in mind. We pray for someone who is sick and we hope for healing. We pray for someone who needs work and we hope for a job. We pray for someone who is in a struggling relationship and we hope for reconciliation. Even when we are in a season of discontent, most of the time when we pray we do so with an idea of what we would like the answer to be.
Funny thing about prayer though – it is God who answers our prayer, not us. His vision for our life and our world is so much bigger than our limited view. His vision and plan for us and our world is focused on an eternal ending. We often struggle to see with this lens. But sometimes we do see an answer to a prayer or we begin to understand how God is at work in the midst of it all. This is a holy privilege.
At times our prayers are also affirming and uplifting. Like God’s response to Jesus’ prayer after His baptism in today’s passage, at times we too sense God’s presence, love, and affirmation. We can almost hear Him saying ‘well done’. We sense a guiding hand or we are blessed with affirmations that encourage us to continue to walk the path that God has placed us on. In prayer we connect to God and He connects to us. May we pray often.
Scripture reference: Luke 3: 21-22