Read: 1 John 5:14 We can come to God with no doubts. This means that when we ask God for things (and those things agree with what God wants for us), God cares about what we say.
I recently watched the film, Thirteen Lives. The movie tells the 2018 true story of twelve boys and their football coach trapped in a cave in Thailand. A simple hike through a popular cave and a sudden, unexpected monsoon flooded the cave leaving the thirteen trapped with little hope of survival. From the movie and news outlets we likely know the happy ending to this nail biting story. However, for eighteen days, the thirteen had no knowledge of the rescue efforts underway.
By the tenth day, the boys were losing hope. Adun, one of the trapped boys, prayed “Lord, I’m only a boy. You are almighty God, You are holy, and You are powerful. Right now I can’t do anything. May You protect us, come to help us all thirteen.” As the others grew weary, Adun told them “be patient and confident in God. Pray and wait on God with hope.” In the end Adun was quoted as saying, “Help came from God during the hardest time. I very intently prayed, and God answered me with His help. It was me and God together facing that situation, and I am thankful to Him for helping me get out of the cave.”
How often do we pray as passionately as Adun? Do we only pray in times of crisis, before we eat, when we want something, or do we not pray at all? The truth is we can come to God in any circumstance, but we must ask for the right things for the right reasons.
God answers our prayers according to His will. So how do we know what we pray for is God’s will? We start by asking God to change our desires so they align with His will. Then, like Adun, we pray continuously and intently, confident He hears and answers prayers.
Ref. Piyamary, S. (2019, June 20). “Thai Cave Rescue: Life Is Bright One Year Later”. https://blog.compassion.com