Our wonderful, hard-working at Prince of Peace came up with an Advent theme several months ago: Prayerful Patience. It certainly fits for this season of penitence and preparation as well as for so many other situations in our lives.
When we request something of God, whether it is for ourselves, someone we love, or someone we’ve been asked to pray for, it seems to me we always expect an answer immediately or very quickly. Anyone who has been on this earth for some length of time knows this is not the case. It makes us wonder: Does God hear our prayers? Does God not care about me or my re-quests? Does God have the power/ability to answers prayers in the first place? The answer to all three questions is a resounding “yes”, but let’s understand a bit more about God.
If indeed God created us (I hope you believe that), then God also loves us and wants the very best for us! Unfortunately, we live in a broken world that we continue to break through our sinfulness. Along with that, there is illness, accidents, and many other things out of our control that we question. Also, please re-member this: God hears every one of our prayers and does answer them (yes, every one of them) in his perfect time and will. That, my friends is the hard part and none of us will understand this until we get to hopefully see God face to face.
In the meantime, Prayerful Patience is necessary, not only in this Advent season, but always!
- Deacon Jeff