Patrice is starting to talk a little bit. She says dada. She likes to say that one and she definitely knows who she means. She does not say mama. But when I ask “where’s the mama?” She buries her head in my chest. As my grandpa said when I told him, “can you blame her? She knows where her groceries are!” True, so true. She started saying hi today. She waves and says “haaa.” It is super cute. It makes the heart just melt.
We love to hear her words. In the same vein, we are taught the Lord loves to hear our words.
“and said, “Cornelius, God has heard your prayer and remembered your gifts to the poor.” Acts 10:31
But have you wondered if the Lord listens to YOUR prayers? I have. There are times I pray and things change. At those moments I feel confident the Lord has heard me. Other times, things do not change. And I wonder. Maybe not so much if He hears my prayers, but definitely if I am praying the right thing; have I prayed enough; did I use the right words; is the answer no or pray longer; did I hear the Lord right when I felt led to pray in a specific way?
So many questions. I wish I knew the answers. I was raised that we always had to pray, “if it is your will Lord.” And I agree there are times we are to pray that, but it kind of feels like a cop out, like, if I add that, I won’t be disappointed if the Lord doesn’t answer or that it absolves me from having to hear the Lord about how to pray, because I added the caveat about His will. Or it gives me permission to give up praying because it must not be His will.
Do you ever wonder about things like that? What things in your Christian walk cause you to ask questions?