Did you hear about the man that prayed to God daily to win the lottery, and after a month of prayer, he ended up dying? He went up to heaven and stood before God, asking why he didn’t answer his prayer, and God replied,” You didn’t buy a lottery ticket.” Some people think of God as some magical genie, and I have to admit that before I started walking with God, that’s how I saw him also. I would always wonder why I didn’t get what I asked for and what I was doing wrong. I’m not saying God doesn’t answer prayers, but he probably won’t answer one with a Lamborghini or winning the lottery. James 4:3 when you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. He’s more likely to heal a friend or family member in the hospital or walk us through something traumatic in our life. When we pray about things that God would want us to do or care about, then he answers because it’s in accordance with His Will. Mark 11:24, therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Published by Matthew, Karen, and God
Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives. View more posts