Matthew 7:7,8 – Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
Every week a small group of people meet at our church to pray. Last week I went for the first time and I asked them to pray for my grandmother. She is 92 years old and was hospitalized with terrible chest pains. The hospitalization left her confused, frustrated and angry and accelerated her dementia. The nurses struggled to keep her calm and the whole scene was very difficult for our family to watch.
When it was my turn in the meeting, I prayed that the Lord would give Grandma peace with her circumstances, that she might somehow, despite her senility, accept God's will for her. But my prayer partner interrupted me and prayed for healing (something I did not have the courage to ask). Since she is 92 years old, I recognize that Grandma may pass away at any moment. I felt I did not have the right to ask for healing. All the doctors told us she probably would not leave the hospital; that each angina attack weakened her more.
Before our prayer group met again the next week, Grandma was back at home. Much of her senility had actually diminished and her strength was restored. Some of her old personality returned too, and as soon as she felt strong enough, she went back to the hospital to visit her sister-in-law. I have praised God every day for this miracle and for my prayer partner who had the courage to ask.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, you said ask, and we shall receive. Guide us to pray for those things we need, so that you can show us your desire to answer our prayers. Help us to accept the answer you provide: joy and thanksgiving when it is yes, and peace and acceptance when your answer is no or wait. Amen.