Prayer & Opportunities

6 04 2014

Last night I watched Evan Almighty, I’m going to go and see Noah tomorrow, so thought I may as well watch something ‘similar’!

In the film you get this quote, which I always find really interesting.


“If someone prays for patience, do you think God gives them patience, or the opportunity to be patient?
If they prayed for courage does he give them courage or the opportunity to be courageous?
If someone prayed for their family to be closer, do you think God zaps them with warm fuzzy feelings, or gives them opportunities to love each other?”

I think on one level this definitely has some validity, if we ask God for something and then don’t try it given the opportunity, then of course it won’t happen.

But what about when someone is in an awful situation where all we want to pray for them is peace and strength. They already have the opportunity to exhibit those things, so does this really apply then?

What do you think?!

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5 responses

11 04 2014
Toni

Was Noah a wash out?

πŸ˜‰

11 04 2014
Ineke

Ended up not going as I wasn’t very well 😦 My friends who went weren’t exactly overwhelmed though!

13 04 2014
Toni

I’ve heard it’s simply not very good – all the outrage is providing free publicity & increasing turnover. Sometimes I wish Christians could reign in their outspoken anger & let weak stuff receive its just desserts.

Your quote from EA is good though. And for the ‘person’ in a situation to exhibit peace & strength then certainly pray they have grace to experience those things. Grace is demonstrated in the ability for us to walk through stuff well, rather than the protection from it.

13 04 2014
Toni

Hope you’re better BTW.

13 04 2014
Ineke

much better, thanks πŸ™‚

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