Wishing Upon a Star

John 14:13

And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

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When I was a little girl, late in the day just as the darkness began to consume the dusk I sent many a wish up to that first star I saw in the shadowy sky. My childhood wishes were mostly selfish little pleas, but other times they were heartfelt requests. Wishes that my mama and daddy would be normal like my friends parents, or that my brothers and sister would be okay and that we would have clean clothes to wear to school the next day.

 

This young girl of yesteryear truly believed that God was riding up there on that star and listening to every word she said. Today after thousands of evenings of wishing upon stars I have even more faith that the All Mighty hears my pleas. Do all my wants and desires come true? No. Why, when the scripture says, “Whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do.”

 

John 14:13 is one of the hardest scriptures to understand in the entire Bible because we all know that God does not answer all our prayers, not the way we want them answered anyway. The key to unlock the mystery of prayer is to ask for our desires, but then turn the plea over to God and ask for His will to be done.

 

God knows what’s best for us. So ask, then let God be glorified by answering your request His way. Last week I wished upon a star to get a foot of snow. After fourteen inches of white fluffy powder I have no doubt that God heard my wish and granted it. Why, because it was His will for it to snow a lot.

 

Selfish desires can sometimes get us into a whole passel of trouble. Many times I’ve wished for things that I didn’t get, then thanked the Lord that I didn’t get them. So, when that first star of the evening pops out and you gaze up at the far away planet, lift your words of praise to God for giving us so much more than we need or deserve, then voice your wishes, but don’t forget to leave the answer in God’s hands. The Father knows best.

 

 

 

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