“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” — 1 John 5:14
A man was being pursued by a roaring, hungry lion. Feeling the beast’s hot breath on his neck and knowing his time was short, he prayed frantically as he ran, “O Lord, please make this lion a Christian.”
Within seconds, the frightened man became aware the lion had stopped. When he looked behind him, he found the lion kneeling, lips moving in obvious prayer. Greatly relieved at this turn of events, and now eager to join the newly converted lion in prayer, he approached the mighty beast.
As he drew near, he heard the lion praying, “And bless, O Lord, this food for which I am exceedingly grateful.”
We often have a very specific vision of how we expect God to answer our prayers. But prayer isn’t about the fulfillment of our will – it’s about seeking and trusting in the fulfillment of God’s will.
You’re probably carrying concerns today that you need to bring before the Lord. Maybe it’s a personal illness or a sick family member. Perhaps you’re lonely, tired, or confused about what’s next in your life.
God promises in His Word that He hears your prayers. And you can trust that He will answer them in the absolute best way possible – according to His will and your greatest good!
Ask God to help you trust in His goodness, wisdom, and love as you bring your requests before Him. Pray that you’ll long to see His will accomplished in your life.
Questions for thought
What are some prayers in your past that God answered in ways you didn’t expect?
How can you pray today in a way that reflects your trust in His will?