Does God answer all prayers?
I suspect that most of us believe that God does indeed answer all prayers – either with ‘yes’, ‘no’ or ‘wait’. However, I read something recently that challenges this response.
What I read suggested that God cannot answer the prayers of people who do not exist! In other words, it is when we bring our real and genuine selves to God that he is able to reach deep inside us to bring about the transformation he is longing to bring. When we present him with a masked or idealised version of ourselves, it is not actually the ‘real’ us who is coming to him, but a different version of ourselves; someone who is, quite understandably, trying to make themselves look better in the eyes of Almighty God.
One of the most stunning things about our faith is that we are told to boast in our weaknesses. We are encouraged to come to God just as we are, without pretence or mask, and be ourselves before him.
EA striking image that is right at the heart of this season of Easter is that of the beaten and bloodied figure of Jesus being publicly humiliated and crucified, too weak to even carry his own cross. This is the one who invites us to come to him just as we are, in our weakness and with honesty.
Encounterprayer is an opportunity to meet with Jesus face to face, in honesty and openness, with us just as we are and him just as he is. Let’s relax in the privilege of not having to be anyone other than the person we really are and enjoy the honesty he invites us to bring to him.
Many blessings at this special time of year,