Do you ever pray for something you don’t want?
Think back to when we were growing up. When we went through that stage, when our prayers were, well, basically treating God like a vending machine.
Back then, I prayed for all kinds of stuff I wanted.
One thing I never prayed for? Broccoli.
I have never asked God for broccoli. And I never will. I’m just not a fan.
I mean, why would you pray for something you don’t want?
And yet, all of us do. All of us pray for things we don’t want. Pretty much every day.
What am I talking about? You’ve never said “Heavenly Father, today I would like to be in a traffic accident. And if it’s not too much to ask, the next time I drop something, it would be great if it could break. Amen.”
Nobody prays like that.
And yet all of us do something very much like that. Pretty much every day.
We do it when we worry about things. When we constantly bring to mind the things that are laying heaviest on our hearts.
Everything that could go wrong. Everything we’re afraid might happen. Everything we’re afraid might never happen. Everything we’re afraid of losing.
Turning it over in our thoughts, time and again. Replaying “what-ifs,” over and over. In a corrosive parody of praying without ceasing.
One that will eventually poison our relationship with God. And our relationships with each other.
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