Be honest, we all do it. We pray fervently: “Lord, please grant this prayer.” Then we watch to see how God will respond.
We pray for good things. We pray that Mrs. Anderson’s cancer treatments go well; she has young children. We pray that Mr. Jones would find work; he has been unemployed too long. Lord, hear our prayer.
We pray for essential things. We pray that there would be peace; that love and justice would prevail; that food would be so distributed that no child goes to bed hungry. Lord, hear our prayer.
We pray, alas, for selfish things. We pray that Pastor Janet doesn’t take the call; we like her so much. Or, we pray that our son gets that promotion; he deserves it and could use the money. Lord, hear our prayer.
Then we watch. What will God do? The psalmist fills his waiting time in a unique way; he goes to the temple, to worship, where he bows down in awe, for God’s steadfast love has been poured out; all is in God’s hands. And that is answer enough.
Hear our prayer, O Lord, then bide with us as we worshipfully watch. Amen. — DAB