In a recent sermon, pastor Jamie Ward said, “God want us to encounter transformation more than happiness.” This is exactly why I pray the way I do for people who are in pain or in trouble. If it were always just that easy to ask God for something and we immediately got what we wanted, why, everybody would be praying! And no one would ever die. And life would be perfect. But we wouldn’t need God. We’d have our own vending-machine-little-g god.
When I pray for someone’s material or physical needs, I also pray for the spiritual, and I urge you to do the same. Pray that God’s will would be done in that person’s life, not only in regard to the illness or job search, but in his faith walk as well. After all, maybe the best thing that could have ever happened was losing the job. Or being flat on the back in a hospital bed for a few weeks. Nothing like a little tragedy in life to put things in perspective and direct your eyes toward God. Sometimes when we have it too good, we forget where it all came from, and we forget just how much we need him.
“Lord, we pray for spiritual growth, for transformed lives. When we really know you, anything that comes along in life is only one more opportunity to trust in you. When we trust you in little ways, you give us faith upon faith, til we have a lifetime of knowing how faithful you are. It’s definitely a life worth living!”