|When my hands have done all that they can do, |
and there is still much more to be done...
examples of a given outcome explicitly following a specific prayer of mine. So, I have discarded the results-orientation of prayer. When I meet a friend for conversation, the only outcome I hope for is a deepening friendship, that we will know each other better for the time spent together, that we will have been encouraged.
And prayer is the best way I know of to express hope in an unknowable future. Use the word Destiny or Fortune or Fate or, as I often do, Providence. Whatever you want to call it, prayer is my recognition that there are mistakes I have made that I can’t fix, there are people I love whom I have hurt, there are places I will never go and things I will never do that I probably should have. I cannot relive those moments and correct those failings. When I pray, I am simply expressing the hope that the gap between all I wish to be and what I really am will be bridged. That there IS a Grand Scheme, and in that Grand Scheme, all my limitations have a perfect fit whether it makes sense now or not.
“…we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. This hope will not disappoint us…” Romans 5:2-5 (HCSB)