One of the problems with people are the expectations we set for ourselves in things, including prayer.
Many times we will offer prayers and find ourselves disappointed because what we pray for doesn’t come at once.
One must remember not to pray as if you are casting a magic spell because that’s not what it is, nor should we assume that the specific item that we are praying for is God’s will.
Regardless of our feelings, our desires God will use our prayers in the way that most suits his purpose and as Jesus taught us to pray “Thine will be done.” not “my will be done.”
So if after today’s final day of prayer you find that the world is still not the world you want it to be don’t lose heart or faith, persevere both in pray and action and take comfort that when you pray the our father / the Lord’s Prayer and declare: “Thine will be done”, that request will be granted.
As Christians that should be enough.
Today is the first of Three Days of fasting and Prayer for the church, the Pope and ourselves that I wrote about here.
If we want to banish the demons that plague the church and ourselves this is the way to do it, after all this is exactly what Christ suggested :
Then the disciples approached Jesus in private and said, “Why could we not drive it out?” He said to them, “Because of your little faith. Amen, I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. But this kind does not come out except by prayer and fasting“.
That’s good enough for me.
By an odd coincidence I have had a rough few days in terms of health, finances and personal situations but it’s at those times that we should most turn to God rather than seek solace in the world whose prince is not on our side as CS Lewis says in Screwtape:
“Do not be deceived, Wormwood. Our cause is never more in danger than when a human, no longer desiring, but still intending, to do our Enemy’s will, looks round upon a universe from which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys.”
Many Christians look at the world today and wonder where God is. The truth is that while the dominant culture has forsaken God and pushes that abandonment on us as the solution to our problems, it remains a lie. The solution to our problems IS God and our abandonment of him is the cause.
May we turn to prayer and fasting today and follow the example of Christ, who while suffering and asking God why he was forsaken still obeyed.