I must not be very righteous. “The prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16).
You see, I’ve been praying a great deal recently for one specific thing. No, really. I’ve been praying as I fall asleep at night. When I wake up in the middle of the night. When I wake up in the morning. As I drive my car. As I remember throughout the course of the day.
One specific thing. The way I wanted it to be. …According to the Lord’s will, of course. But, really, the way I wanted it to be.
I knew how I really wanted it to be, the way I wanted it to turn out, according to my own perfect will. I, I, My.
Guess what. It didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to. Completely different. Having an impact on my very life.
I know I’m not “righteous.” And this reminded me.
Not my will, by Thy will be done. It always will be that way…His way…whether I like it or not.
He is righteous and I am not. He created the universe and knit it together, and I did not. He used an old man to create a chosen nation, and I did not. He parted the waters of the Red Sea, and I did not. He had a plan to save the world, executed it (literally!), carried it out, and I did not.
He knows best. And I do not.
But that doesn’t mean I should stop praying. The righteous blood of Jesus covers over me. It is because of the Righteous Man that prayer does, indeed, avail much.
The blood of Jesus means that God Almighty hears my prayer. And He answers it. And He know what’s best. Always.
And I do not.
I have to remind myself of that over and over again.
How has the Lord recently answered your prayers?