Prayer Makes No Sense > So what does? > Why can’t you show that kind of faith in GOD? > Because every child knows, when your father is mad at you is not the time to ask him for things! > And why would God want you to weigh in at all?
But if changing God's mind is so bad... why would He let us do it at all? That's the best part!
Prayer exists for us to ask God for whatever we want; not for us to talk God’s ear off, and not to weigh in with our opinion about every trivial problem any of seven billion strangers might have. That’s what Twitter is for.
1 John 5:14 NKJV Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
But God’s will is not cast in stone, and when we think we know a better way, God will often let us do it that way; even if He knows it’s not the best way!
Because generally, what we’ll learn is that if we simply had let God do it His way, we’d have been happier in the long run – even though we couldn’t imagine how at the time.
God alters His will for us because that’s the far greater reason prayer exists; far beyond our selfish needs and petty wants. It presents an opportunity for us to learn to ask things according to His will (Ephesians 5:17, 1:9).
When we go to God to ask for toys and perks that we want, we should learn from receiving them, or not, what God’s will was. And from that, what our own will should be!
Romans 12:2 NKJV And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
When we ask God to help those around us or to forgive their sins, He’ll often give them the benefit of the doubt because we asked Him to do so... and then we should watch closely what happens next.
Because more often than not, before long you’ll see why God was more skeptical of their repentance than you naively were, as they repeat the same mistakes that led to their problem in the first place.
And you’ll realize that God was not wrong to put them in that situation before, and not wrong to leave them there (Galatians 6:7). But sometimes, you’ll learn that Luke 7:47 is true.
You’ll learn this in a way you couldn’t learn without this interaction with God; and next time, hopefully, you’ll be a little more cautious about whom you vouch for with God.
Next time, hopefully, you’ll be a little wiser in telling the difference between someone who wants to change and be a better person... and someone who just wants the punishment to stop.