I think, at some time or another, we’ve all blown the seeds off a dandelion and made a wish. It’s fun, feels a little mystical, but what are we really doing? Just blowing the seeds off a common flower and watching them float away on the wind. Our wishes float away as well, unheard and unanswered.
So, if this is the case, why do we make wishes? I think it’s because we all face, at times in our life, situations that are out of our control. Thus we search for something supernatural, something that can do what we can’t do ourselves. But we aren’t going to find this in dandelion seeds! But there is someone who is always listening and, if you just take the time to ask, can do what we can’t do on our own.
So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of His will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. (Colossians 1:9)
We always pray for you, and we give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Colossians 1:3)
God knows how often I pray for you. Day and night I bring you and your needs in prayer to God, whom I serve with all my heart by spreading the Good News about His Son. (Romans 1:9)
Never stop praying. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
By now, you have probably guessed what I’m talking about: prayer! Prayer is unique; it’s incredible; and it works. When we pray, God hears us and, more importantly, he answers us. Prayer is filled with power.
Now, understand: God always answers prayers, but sometimes his answer is “no”. There are times when we simply won’t understand why. After my grandfather had open heart surgery earlier this year, I prayed and prayed for his recovery. However, he passed away in June. Does this mean God didn’t hear me? Or that He doesn’t have the power to do what I ask of Him? Not at all! A lot of times, we just can’t see the big picture, so we don’t understand why God does what He does. We just need to understand that when He says “no” or “wait”, we need to trust in Him.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11, NLT)
It’s time to stop making wishes that drift away in the wind, never to be heard again. Start praying, and know that the God who created the universe cares about you, and He’s listening.