2021.04.30 Daily Devotional
The Upper Room devotional reflection for Friday, April 30, 2021 comes to us from David Knisley of Michigan
Mark 11:22-25 22 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. 23 “Truly, I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
“Why Are We Surprised?”
On a family vacation to the Black Hills of South Dakota, we were on a winding road that was popular with tourists because of the wild burros that often graze on the forested hillsides. We had talked about seeing the burros for days, and our five-year-old son was anxiously anticipating the experience. After driving for over an hour around the burro area marked on a tourist map, I told our son that we would have to give up on our search. From the back seat I hear this quiet prayer: “Please, God, help my daddy find the donkeys.”
My heart sank. How could I tell a five-year-old that God does not always answer prayer the way we expect? As I was beginning a shaky explanation, we rounded a curve and saw a dozen burros dotting the hillside. The white-muzzled creatures began nibbling the dried grass on the shoulder of the road. Squeals of delight erupted from the back seat. Just as I was limiting God’s power, our son’s prayer was answered. Did I even stop to think that God might respond to our son’s prayer? Certainly, I was not expecting to see the burros. In today’s verse, Jesus assures us, “Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Why are we surprised when our prayers are answered?
Prayer Focus: Travelers
Prayer: Loving God, when we pray for guidance and help, fill us with trust as we seek your answer. Amen.
Thought for the Day: Faith is the cornerstone of my prayers.
— David Knisley
I invite you to call to mind a time when one of your prayers was answered in an unexpected way? Were you surprised?