From as long as I can remember, I have always been one to pray about things.
Still, I have a lot of questions about it.
Hearing stories of people who were prayed for over and over and still didn’t survive their illness.
Of women praying for babies that never come.
Of people praying for a job they will never get even though it would really benefit the family.
Of people praying for wisdom and never feeling like they ever receive it.
I want to know what the deal is. Why is prayer important and why should we even do it? If God has a will for us what is the point? How does it all really work?
I was sitting at church last Sunday and the pastor started talking about prayer. He told us the story of a farmer who lost his wife when his boys were young. They remembered their father going away every morning for a little bit and they never knew where he went. Time went on and the farmer passed away. The boys were grown men now and were cleaning up the farm. They went into the barn and they were going to clean out the loft when they saw it. They found hay set up in such a way that it made a little room. In the middle of the hay room was a makeshift alter with a Bible. Around that they noticed that the wood was indented where their father’s knees had been praying for years.
It hit me then that in this life we will have struggles and we will have pain but we will always have prayer. And it might take years of kneeling and praying our heart out everyday to keep ourselves sane.
It was a wake up call to me to pray. Pray for everything and pray without ceasing.
And maybe a lot of it doesn’t make sense. Why did my Father-In-Law have to die when so many were praying for him? Why did my friend lose her baby and why do bad things happen to go people? I probably won’t ever know the answers to these questions but what I do know is that I always have prayer. Always. No matter what situation I have to go through.
Sometimes praying doesn’t fix things. Sometimes prayer just comforts you. And for that I am thankful that I do have the ablitity to pray.
Do you ever struggle with prayer?