Jesus taught us to pray in Matthew 6:9-13 :
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed by your Name.
Your Kingdom come,
Your will be done,
On Earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our debts,
As we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
What happens when it doesn't work?
Honestly, this prayer, known as the Lord's prayer, is not just a set formula that guarantees instant results. Too often, in our absolute frustration with life's events, we find ourselves calling out to Heaven with our words and cries, only to find that our prayers are not answered in the way we wanted them to be.
But, you know, there can be two reasons this is happening...
We may be praying the wrong prayer.
You might say, "God wants life not death, health, not sickness, right?"
Yes, but sometimes our hearts may not be aligned with God's heart in the matters we lay before Him. God's purpose in all of our lives does not rest on human world view, but on bringing us closer to Him.
You see, in my own experience, in our human world, we look around and decide things need to be aligned this way, or that way. This child should be normal, not disabled. This child should be healthy, not sick. This child should live, not die.
Yet, just as we learn in the book of John that a man is born blind just so Jesus can heal him and show the world God's healing power, so too, can God have a plan we just don't understand in our world's eye view.
God may not restore things that go wrong in the way that we think restoration should happen. He may have an even better, more glorious solution than we understand. In our human's eye view, it can cause us great sorrow and loss.
Which brings me to the second point.
Why should we even pray at all?
It is like this, if God has not prepared our hearts, or rather, we are still holding on to sinful ideas that keep us from hearing Him and His will for a specific event, then our prayers appear to hit the ceiling of Heaven. I am not saying it is the means to an end, but that we may need to be on a stronger foundation before things shift in God's realm.
The real question is, how honest are you ready to be before the One who created you?
Have you ever tried laying your heart, completely bare before Jesus? Trust me, it is NOT an easy thing to do! When we look full into the mirror of our own hearts, it is not pretty. Not one person can tell me they are not stained and don't need Jesus, because they do.
We have to allow the Lord to shine His light on our hearts and repent of our sins. It is a cleansing that you want to do, believe me, but it is only for brave hearts. It will not only bring light into your soul, but true grace and peace. It will also bring you a new heart.
In the end, we can choose to follow God or our own plan.
God knows the best way to solve our problems, if we will only listen. We, His people, will only find true rest when we choose to submit to His will. The funny part is that the Lord will not force us. He will only beckon us, His Bride, to Him. He promises us a new heart if we will.
The Lord's blessings to you~Kim