Questions Girls Ask: Why Pray? Part 2
I have a lot of needs.
I don’t mean that in a super high-maintenance-give-me-Prada sort of way. I mean that in a I-am-SO-incapable-of-being-a-loving-Godly-woman-all-the-time way. Yes I said it. I’m just not. I am impatient. Sometimes I have an attitude. And I have absolutely no filter on what comes out of my mouth (this tends to embarrass my friends when we’re in public).
So I ask a lot of God. This past summer I helped out at a camp for Junior High students. Let me repeat that: I spent 22 hours a day surrounded by seven twelve-year-old girls who had a special talent for screeching at inopportune times. Or really, all the time. At least five times an hour I asked God for patience. Fortunately, for both myself and my campers, He always supplied.
Prayer is a way of asking God for needs. Do you need comfort? A job? New shoes? Health? Wisdom? The Bible says we have not because we ask not (James 4:2). So go ahead. Ask God for what you need.
In Wilderness Skills For Women, Marian Jordan tells a story of a time when she needed God to give her His love and joy for others. Right after a horrible breakup, she found herself wedding dress shopping with her best friend.
Marian says, “I asked God to help me celebrate other people’s joy in the midst of my sorrow... God answered this prayer in a supernatural way. Throughout the darkest days of grief and battles with rejection, God gave me a true joy for others that was inexplicable.”
Marian needed joy. Marian asked God for joy. God gave her joy. That. Simple. In Matthew 11:28, Jesus says “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” It blows my mind that the Creator of heaven and earth wants to meet my needs. All I have to do is ask. But I so often deny His help because I think I can do it on my own. We need to daily rely on God to carry our burdens and meet our needs.
But enough of my thoughts. I want to hear yours.
- Tell me about a time when God has answered a prayer request!
- What holds you back from asking God for your needs?