Have you had your Joy Juice today? I wish we would all remember to drink it faithfully!
How many times have we prayed as if we were “wishing?” I wish God would grant this request. I wish He would give me this or do that! What’s the difference in a wish and a prayer?
Scripture that tells us in Mark 11:24: “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
God loves us and he truly wants to give us the desires of our hearts, but some things that we “wish for” are not what is best. Cheryl Boyd writes: “The difference in a wish and a prayer is in who receives it. You see, prayer isn’t just a sentiment, it is communication. You learn in school that communication takes a sender and a receiver. It isn’t communication unless someone gets the message. At its best, prayer goes beyond communication to a conversation. A conversation implies a relationship.
God wants a relationship more than anything. He knows our wishes, our desires; he hears our prayers. And though he is infinitely powerful and can do anything, he is all knowing…so some of our wants and wishes, He knows are not what we need at the time.
Instead of wishing, let’s pray and ask God for His joyful best for us---and to prepare our hearts for what He has planned.