FROM THE PULPIT: Think about it — our prayers have already been answered

Published: Friday, July 25, 2014 at 03:35 PM.

As children, my three siblings and I would complain to our mother that we needed a dishwasher.

Our mother would respond, “I already have four dishwashers!”

It took us a while to realize what she meant, but as we stood at the kitchen sink — one of us washing the dishes and the other three drying them — we got it. And groaned.

That wasn’t the answer we wanted to hear, but it is the answer we got. And, as I look back on it, the answer was perfectly logical.  The need for a dishwasher had already been met – four times over.

When it comes to God answering prayers, our prayers may have already been answered before we even lift them.

For example, people will look at what is happening in the world and ask, “Why doesn’t God do something?” Why doesn’t God do something to feed those starving children in Africa, to intervene and stop bloodshed in the Middle East, to end the spread of AIDS and other dreaded diseases, to alleviate pain and suffering?

All good questions for God. And I can hear his answer: "I have already put things into place to end all those things."

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