I was spending time by a fountain today. After tossing in a coin to make a wish, my grandson told me he thought making wishes was a myth. I must say, my boy is pretty smart. After a short discussion, we began to speak of God.
James 3:13 NLT
“If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom.”
We went on to discuss the difference between wishes and prayers.His take on wishes was pretty great. We might wish for something, but we don’t really expect anything to happen. When we pray we anticipate God’s authority, help, and wisdom. He is so right. Wishes aren’t prayers. When we pray, we anticipate an understanding for our next step. We should all pray for wisdom and an understanding of God’s ways for our journey. That’s some truth right there. Wishing is not praying. Hallelujah!
As he went on to express his understanding of prayer, I was astounded. We pray, and God will help us, but God also expects us to do something. We can’t expect to get anything without doing our part. We can’t pray and just sit and wait; we have to use what God has given us and make an effort. He’s nine, so he didn’t use these exact words, but man, was he profound. We could all learn from a child's understanding of God’s providence and provision. Out of the mouthes of babes; wishes aren't prayers.