|We pray for God's
involvement in our lives, but do we expect it? Jesus said he would never
leave nor forsake us, but often we pray with the low expectations of a
We are not alone in this. Once Peter was imprisoned (Acts 12), and in correct response the brethren in Jerusalem gathered in prayer. By the grace of God, Peter escaped prison, but when he appeared at the doorstep of the prayer group, they refused to believe that their prayer had been answered.
On the one hand it should be an encouragement
to us that the early church, as infused with the Spirit of God as they
were, could have the same doubts that we encounter daily. And it is also
an encouragement that God can and does answer a prayer that is prayed in
Some time ago, when I was going through one
of my periodic trying times, an acquaintance suggested keeping a journal
of "God moments". At the end of each day, I was to open my journal and
write down the incidents where God's day intersected with mine.
After two weeks of logging God moment after
God moment, it finally penetrated my bullet-proof head that God is right
there every day pulling little strings and easing major burdens without
my even knowing about it, let alone appreciating it. A burden was lifted
and gratitude resulted. If you have any doubts that God has forsaken you,
keep a journal of your God moments. And then say a prayer of thanks.
Excerpted from The
Sabbath Morning Companion, November 4, 2005 by Lenny Cacchio. All rights