Spiritual Practice


S’ambrosia Wasike

Evan Almighty movie still“Let me ask you something. If someone prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be patient? If he prayed for courage, does God give him courage, or does he give him opportunities to be courageous? If someone prayed for the family to be closer, do you think God zaps them with warm fuzzy feelings, or does he give them opportunities to love each other?”

—God in the movie Evan Almighty


REFLECT: I don’t often quote popular movies to offer spiritual encouragement, but this is one quote that has always been on the tip of my tongue when people ask me why God doesn’t answer prayers. God always answers our prayers, often in ways we don’t expect.

“Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive.”
Matthew 21:22 (NRSV)

How has God answered your prayers? When has God given you opportunities to learn patience, courage, and love?

—S’ambrosia Wasike


—from devozine (May/June 2015). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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