Prayer and the Old Car

When you were young and bought an old car, the first few times you turned the ignition key you probably weren’t sure it would start. You didn’t have much experience with it, so your faith was small.

Then, after a couple of weeks, you were pretty sure it would start because it hadn’t failed you yet. You had good reasons to have faith your car would start.

But after you owned the car for several years and it had never failed to start, you didn’t need faith to believe it would turn over. You knew it would start from all those previous times your car had never failed you.

Prayer is like that. At first we pray but we doubt. Then after several experiences with prayer and seeing God work, our faith grows. Finally, after many years of watching God faithfully answer prayer, your faith becomes knowing. Sure, you still have faith, but through experience you know that God rewards faith and answers prayer.

Isn’t this what we all want? To experience the reality that God’s word is, after all, true?

Yours for changed lives,

Patrick Morley, Ph.D.
Man in the Mirror

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