Have you tried it? We are offered all kinds of tastes and treats. The candies, snacks, pops and beverages, and treats for a Pre-K student, elementary, high school or adult goes through each week are rich and draw the taste buds for more. Looking back at this week, the tastes were just as important for the younger as they were for the older. In Pre-K the Moms and Muffins day brought the delight of muffins, mini cinnamon rolls, and orange juice. The older we got, we moved to baseball snacks from the concessions like the saltier ones and more energetic kinds like popcorn and sports drinks. The high school youngster made his own salty snack of choice with half a bag of tortilla chips, shredded cheddar cheese, torn tortillas, and all mixed in to be microwaved for a minute or so to melt the cheese. He had to also take a bottle of pop with him to school also for some of the caramel colors and sweeteners as well! On a day out, we parents didn’t fail to choose coffee, excellent chocolate, and a chai tea latte to end our afternoon lunch experience. Each of these treats were momentary delights all worth the temporary indulgence.
Prayer, like these tastes and treats, has a delight that may seem to last for only that moment of prayer, but if we could think for a moment of the expanse of the prayer world, as well as the life long lasting effect, we would be going to God in prayer as often or more often like we would our favorite snacks. Caring about another, our world, our country, our own families, and our very own friends could be shared more from the heart. God and Jesus the Savior, act in kindness, goodness, and faithfulness seeking that all may come to the knowledge of the saving grace offered but also the delight and expanse of the offer. The action of one asking and caring already has an effect because of the compassion and love it already holds. Even more powerful than that is to carry that prayer to the All knowing and All powerful creator who can take as many requests at a time as He wills.
What if we went to God the Father, and in the name of the Lord Jesus, with a different attitude, so maybe we have disappointment, and we shared that with him. Wouldn’t he want to hear his child’s cry for help or one in need of a Savior? It seems there is no need to cover up our requests and take them to the one who cares.
“You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God.” James 4:2 (N.I.V.)