Let me give you an example of praying really hard for something and believing that, just because you prayed hard, you would get what you want.
I had a good friend in high school. We hung out a lot together. One day, we saw a beefed up 1953 Ford 2-door for sale. I forgot what all it had on it, but it was hot, and we could tell by the dents that pretty much surrounded the car, plus it was a low-rider with fender skirts. It was cool beyond cool. It was two-tone paint, and if you didn’t look at all the scratches, it was really a beautiful paint job!
I prayed and prayed that God would let me have that car. I just knew God would give it to me because I had asked so hard. But my friend came up with the money first. He got to own the hottest car in town, while I continued to walk.
A couple months later, my dad took me down and let me buy a Fiat 600-D. It is smaller than a V.W. by the way. I liked it because it beat walking, but it sure wasn’t that ’53 Ford in any way.
Not long after I got my Fiat, my friend was driving home one night near a place called Huffman Dam in Dayton, Ohio. The rear axle snapped and his car went out of control, sending him into a tree. He died that night, through no fault of his own.
I had prayed as hard as I could for that car. Had God gave me WHAT I wanted - WHEN I wanted it, it could have very well been me who died. But I got what God knew I NEEDED; dependable transportation, and I lived on to be here today.
Coincidence? I don’t believe in coincidences. I believe in a God who takes care of His children and who answers their prayers in the way that only He knows is best.
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