Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father
may be glorified in the Son. – John 14:13 ESV
Praying for Rain
The other day a missionary friend of mine put a prayer request on social media. He is serving in Nicaragua, where he spends most of his time, and he asked that we pray for rain. He has been serving in a severely impoverished area that has had hard time getting their hands on clean water. It had been over three months since they had seen their last rain, so my friend called on the body (us as the church) to intercede on behalf of the people he is serving.
It was the last few words of the post that got my attention.
It clearly displayed my friends’ faith in not only the power of prayer, but in God’s power to answer. He asked that we pray, and start carrying our umbrellas. It was a call to have faith in our prayers.
I am happy to report, after over three months of no rain, my friend reported just a few days later that they had a soaking rain overnight.
You see, we read John 14:13 and start making a wish list for God. We leave out the surrounding scripture. We leave out the parts that tell us that God will meet our NEEDS as we are doing his will and in order to accomplish his will.
If your faith is shaken because of unanswered prayer, maybe it is time we stop praying according to our own desires and starting praying according to his will. Maybe it’s time to stop praying for a new car and start praying for rain.