From my 2009 Journal. I know that God loves the person I’m praying for, and He wants her to have relationship with Him. God knows what a person needs and will pursue relationship with each person in His creation because of His great love. So, God’s going to pursue her whether or not I pray and ask. So why pray?
It’s an age-old question. I know that prayer releases something in the spiritual realm that I can’t see. But everyone has a choice, and God will not violate a person’s will. So, what do my prayers for this person accomplish? Does it change God’s mind? Does it change the person’s mind? Of course I pray by faith, ask what I know is God’s will, and leave the results to Him. I know that. How then should I pray?
Jesus, I have a friend who needs relationship with You. Is there something You want me to do today that will nudge her closer to the kingdom?
Now there’s a prayer I can sink my teeth into!
As I read this, the question that popped into my mind was, What if Abraham had refused to pray? He wrestled with God over Lot and his family, and while the Lord ultimately destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, He was willing to listen and to work with Abraham’s heart. God’s ways are not always our ways, but He wants to hear what we want.