What Are You Praying For?
The Queen of Versailles was a hit at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. It described a rich couple who could no longer afford their 90,000-square-foot mansion with 30 bathrooms, 10 kitchens and tennis courts. A resort developer, the husband got wiped out after the economic collapse. The movie won the director a prize for “Best Documentary Directing” and a nomination for the grand jury award.
Actually, this story is nothing new. Throughout history people have dreamed of finding an earthly fortune—only to discover the pot at the end of the rainbow contained dust, not gold. Take the prospectors who rushed to Nevada in 1859 in pursuit of the Comstock Lode’s precious metals. A description of a museum display noted that newcomers to the territory found “a desolate landscape, a harsh climate, unsuitable drinking water, and meager accommodations.”
Around the turn of the 20th century, industrialist and steelmaker Andrew Carnegie made millions, only to turn around and give most of it away. His generosity helped support nearly 3,000 libraries, establish a pension plan for teachers, and provide a blueprint for social consciousness. In more recent years, Microsoft founder Bill Gates used his multi-billion-dollar fortune to organize a foundation to make similar bequests.
Jesus told people they could ask God for anything they wanted. However, he wasn’t encouraging them to pray for a new camel or the finest tent money could buy. Just like he wouldn’t advise those in the modern era to seek a new Corvette or a beachfront condo. Instead, Jesus was emphasizing the need for prayer. Earlier, he had advised people not to worry about things like food and clothing, because “your Father knows what you need before you ask him” (Matthew 6:8, NIV).
Give some serious thought to your heart’s desire. How good would it feel to restore a broken friendship? What joy could you find putting a smile on a young child’s face? Or encouraging someone in the midst of great grief? Would it mean to have peace of mind each day? So go ahead and ask your heavenly father for something that really matters.
A Challenge For You…
If you could have anything you wanted, but the result had to benefit another person, what would you ask God for? Is there anything you can do right now to see that dream come true? Write down a summary of your dream and share it with a friend.
Let’s Talk About It
Do you want to know more about a giving God? We have friends ready on live chat lines to tell you about a father ready to grant requests. Connect with people who want to talk with you right now.Let’s talk about prayer.