Hail mary praying just doesn't cut it....

Sunday, April 8, 2018

"Mom, I still believe in God but he just doesn't answer my prayers..."  These were the words from my ten year old son, Zander, the other night.  My heart broke. These are tough comments even for us adults.  
Kelly and I were sitting in our living room, and we paused, asking "Why?"


"I flunked my math test again.  I got a 65% and I prayed that God would help me pass.  God just doesn't answer prayers..."
Sometimes the best thing we can do is place our hands over our mouths and give a minute for His Spirit.  "Zander, did you study at all for that test?"
"No..."
"So you were asking God to do the work, you should have done?"
His eyes looked at the floor and Kelly and I knew we had a teachable moment.
I'm not calling Zander out-- don't we all do it really?  We expect God to be some wish granting factory, to give us what we want, when we need it.  We are lazy sometimes and we want him to come in like a maid and clean up our mess.  Don't get me wrong, I believe God cleans up our messes, but we have to be making an effort.  
“Servants, do what you’re told by your earthly masters. And don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best.” (Colossians 3:22 MSG)
If we want our work to be blessed by God, we need to exceed what is expected of us. Even if they are just a kid.  Even if they are just a student. No matter what we do, whether someone is a doctor, a machinist, a waitress, or a teacher, they should do more than the minimum.   We can't  just get by.
God desires us  to go beyond the normal and surpass what is required of us.  Any time we take pride in our work and decide to do more than expected, we naturally rise to the top.
Another reason we should exceed in our work is because we represent Jesus Christ. And Jesus said, “If someone demands that you go one mile, go with him two miles” (Matthew 5:41). When we exceed what’s expected of us, God will bless it.
God does answer our prayers, but he is just not going to do the work for us.  God doesn't bless laziness.  He expects us to bring our best, our best will always be enough. Then-- then God will fill that gap, but only when we take the first step.
Hard lesson learned for a little kid, but still it's a hard lesson for us grown ups too.

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