My Grandma passed away in 2001, but she still remains vivid in my mind. She loved her Lord and prayed all the time. She would talk to us about God a lot and I knew that her faith was strong.
I don’t remember what was going on in my life at that time, but I remember telling her that everything was going to turn out because I had been praying to God about it and God answers our prayers.
She started cracking up laughing. (She had a great sense of humor and liked to tease me sometimes).
“Ohhh!” she said, still laughing. “God has a plan for everything and already has his mind made up what he’s going to do.”
This surprised me. I knew Grandma prayed every day and strongly believed in prayer.
“If you don’t believe prayer changes anything,” I asked, “then why do you pray all the time?”
“Because he tells me too!” she answered.
Hmmm. Good answer. It’s hard to argue with Grandma’s wisdom. At that time in my life, I took passages like John 14: 14 to heart.
“You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”
Later on in life I realized, that both Grandma and I were right and we were wrong. Jesus was talking to the disciples at that time and he gave them power to do miracles. He doesn’t grant that power to everyone. Yes, he always answers our prayers, but not always how we want him to. The apostle, Paul, said he asked the Lord to remove the thorn in his side and he was told “My grace is sufficient for thee.” God had his reasons for not granting Paul this request, even though Paul did many miracles in Jesus’ name for other people.
Grandma prayed to God out of love for him and obedience; not because she wanted to get something from him. Her heart was definitely in the right place. I’m sure God was pleased with her attitude and motives. What she was missing was the fact that God does sometimes change his mind because of prayer. There are several examples of this in the bible.
Always pray. God hears your prayers and will answer them in the way that he thinks is best. Also…
Pray because he tells you too!!!