As I write this, I am watching my son (on the baby monitor) shaking his crib in protest of going to bed. Actually, he’s shaking it because he dumped all his stuffed animals over the rail and now wants them back so he can go to sleep. This has become a regular pattern. Really, it’s a silly thing to get upset over, considering he caused the problem. And yet, he knows if he is persistent in shaking the crib, Dad will come back in and give him his heart’s desire (the stuffed animals, in this case).
I can’t help but get this picture in my head of likening the above to how prayer works. God is the loving, compassionate Father who knows we are perfectly capable of making it through the day without our stuffed animals. Yet, because He loves us, He is willing to grant us our heart’s desire, even if the request seems a bit silly (especially if we are persistent in our request – Lk 18:1; 1 Thes 5:17; Eph 5:20). How much more will He hear our prayers and supply our needs when the request is something of importance? Today, rather than praying for something specific for us, we at Lakeview would like to encourage you to let your requests be made known to God, and trust that He will take care of you (Phil 4:19).