Jesus said: “I am thedoor. Thosewhocome in through me will be saved. They will comeandgofreelyand will findgoodpastures” (John 10:9).
“Enter by thenarrowgate; forwide is thegateandbroad is theway that leads to destruction, and manygo in by it. Butnarrow is thegateanddifficult is theway which leads to life, andfewfindit” (Matthew 7:13-14).
Thatone‘s troubles multiply dailyandthelist of unansweredprayerskeepsgrowing by theminute, are not proofthat God is dead–or He is a myth–or He does not care–or He is not listening. If anything, suchoccurrences could mean God’s timing and your timing are not in sync, or, perhapsyou may havebeentoononchalant in making your requests. Furthermore, thethornyouseek to removemaybethelink that keepsthechaintogether. In thatcase, God grace is sufficientforyou.
Weknow with greatcertaintyboth from our ownexperiencesand James’ writing in thebook of thesamenamethatthenonchalantprayerrequestsdo not avail much: But, as James rightlyputsit: “.. Theeffective, ferventprayer of a righteousman avails much” (James 5:16). But James did not stopthere. In verses 17-18 He called into remembrance Elijah’s petitionfordroughtandrain through ferventprayer.
Less anyone thinks Elijah wassomekind of a supernaturalbeing, here is what James says: “Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, andheprayedearnestlythatit would not rain, anditdid not rain on thelandfor three yearsand six months. Andheprayedagain, andtheheavengaverain, andtheearthproduced its fruit,” (James 5:16-18).
So, contrary to atheisticthinking, God is alive. He is not a myth. Hecares, He listens, and He answers prayers. However, sometimes God’s peoplehave to fightfor their blessing like Jacob did. Othertimesittakespatienceandfaith like Job’s.
Father in heaven, I surrender all to You. Remove the veil that clouds my view. Help me to see more clearly your purpose for me. Guide my steps and take full control of my life. Lord, I am aware that I am nothing without You. Still, I yearn to be something–, not in this world, Lord, but in your Kingdom. I surrender all to you.