I certainly can remember how fervent my prayer life use to be. One time in particular comes to mind. I was fresh out of college and decided to live on my own and try my hand at a music career. I knew that a music career wouldn’t be forever, I had already been accepted to graduate school, but I just wanted to try it once before I gave my life to academia. So I moved to Brooklyn, recorded an album in a make-shift studio in a friend’s apartment, and spent my evenings and weekends peddling my art. As you can imagine, making art (as much as I valued it) didn’t always pay the bills, and I often found myself scraping often, not being able to make ends meet, despite picking up as many temp jobs as I could.
Then one weekend all of my bills added up to $303 that I would need to have in about four days, and I had no idea where it would come from. So I prayed. It wasn’t an anxious, or strained prayer, but a faithful prayer asking God for a miracle. I was specific, asking God for the $303 that I needed to be able to cover my bills for that month. The next day I got a letter in the mail from a former employer (that I hadn’t worked for in eight months). They had accidentally withheld $305 from my last paycheck and were sending the money now.
Asking God for Miracles
Miracles happen every day, regardless of whether I ask for them or not. But what if the practice of prayer and petition is not to convince God to give me something that I need, but to open my eyes to the miracles that he performs in my life every day. Maybe my prayer life has become formulaic because I’ve stopped asking God for miracles. Maybe if I start, I can see the miracles that happen in my life every single day.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God, Philippians 4:6, NIV.
Jael Amador writes from New York.
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