What if nothing comes of it? Nothing changes. No gain at all. Would you continue? With what, you ask? In a word, prayer. Why bother? That’s what I read in the book of Job. I couldn’t believe it.
Job 21: 14-15–“Yet they say to God, ‘Leave us alone! We have no desire to know your ways. Who is the Almighty, that we should serve him? What would we gain by praying to him?'” See what I mean?
How self-centered can they be? ‘Leave us alone’. Just the ancients? Hardly. People today want nothing to do with God. Forget the Bible and what it teaches. Seems even believers know less and less of God’s Word every year.
How are you doing in that regard? In many churches, only self-help seems emphasized, with a few scatterings of itsy-bitsy, non-offensive Bible verses tossed in for good measure. Barely enough for any spiritual growth. So, get in and dig deeper. You know when you are.
Today most crave everything except the Lord. Money, prestige, success, whatever. Scant eagerness to follow Him. If we gain nothing in prayer, count us out. Job observes that that’s exactly what some people say. But, what if I can get something for myself? Then I’ll pray! Such a self-aggrandizing attitude will probably receive no answer at best. At worst…well, we won’t go there.
And anyway, who does He think He is? This Almighty God! We should serve Him? Yeah, right! Maybe He should be there for us, the almighty human in need of empowerment, a safe place, dignity and other current slogans, ad nauseam. Not smart to thumb their noses at God. Their outcome? Foolish… forever.
If no apparent answer comes to my prayers, I’ll still talk with my Lord. Absolutely. Why not? He loves me and works all things together for good (Romans 8:28). He’s all I need. Anything else is added blessing from His kindness and goodness. To love Him? No bother at all!
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for who you are. In Jesus’ your Son. Amen.