Last Friday my older daughter tried a new eye product. On Saturday morning she woke up with her eyes swollen, red and running. She looked terrible! We gave her an antihistamine and put cold compresses on her eyes, but they really didn't look any better all day. We threw out the eye product, but it seemed that while through out the day her eyes would look better, by the next morning they'd go back to square one.
Finally on Tuesday we decided we'd better take her to the doctor. I called the doctor on Tuesday, and they said call back Wednesday at 8 am, and they'd fit her in if they had a cancellation. In Bible study that day, I asked for prayer that the doctor would be able to fit her in on Wednesday. But the gal that prayed asked that my daughter's eyes would get better.
When my daughter came home from school that afternoon her eyes were greatly improved, and this morning they weren't swollen at all. I thought about my prayer request. I always ask God for the least thing I can. I am not one to boldly go to God and ask for big things. Is it because I don't trust him? Is it because I don't feel worthy? It is because I want to give him an "out" if he decides to answer "no" to my request?
James 1:6-8 in the Message Bible says this:
Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open.
I thought the woman who prayed at Bible study was asking too much, yet God answered. What I learned is that I am asking too little. Are you going to God boldly in prayer? He may say no, but it doesn't mean he doesn't have to power to say yes. Trust God today to answer your bold prayers, for his glory.
Kelly Combs is a Christian wife, mom, writer and speaker. You can learn about Kelly by visiting her website at www.kellycombs.com