Thought For The Day 04/11/13


Prayers Are Not Wishes




Many people pray as if God were a big aspirin pill; they come only when they hurt.

B. Graham Dienert


I was praying with all my heart the other day. You see, I wanted very badly to have God grant to our family the gift of health for my grandson, Landon. A week ago, my daughter was rubbing Landon’s head and felt something odd. It was as if there was a depression in the very back of his skull. She asked me to feel it and I was somewhat dismissive, knowing that the bones there fuse during the childhood and I simply thought that this was the result of his growing. However, his Pediatrician was concerned which made us all concerned. So a referral was made with a specialist in Pediatric Neurosurgery. And the prayers began. AND the wishes too! But suddenly, I realized that making a wish to God and offering a prayer were two entirely different things!


When there are things we hope will come to pass, and we share these things with God, we are not praying. Instead, we are thinking about prayer in a convoluted way. Wishing involves more of the baseness of the human mind and selfishness of the human heart! When our wishes come true, I’ll wager that it is not with any assistance from the Almighty, helping them along. Wishes are the by-product of man’s schemes and the human will to control the things in his life. Wishes are described in John 3:8 NLT, “The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.” Prayers are dealt with in an entirely different way because they are measured and then answered based on God’s guidelines for our welfare, rather than our own! If what we are praying for aligns with the things God wills for our lives, then usually (I say usually, not always, because we can not know what God’s mind is as it relates to our welfare any more that we can say with absolute certainty why He colored mud brown) we will receive His answer and it will be the thing we hope it will be and it will be something that serves to enrich our faith and deepen our relationship with Him. Which is as it should be, as He reminds us in 1 Corinthians 14:15 ESV, “What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also.” 


Now I honestly can not say whether I was wishing my grandson’s visit to the Neurosurgeon would be smooth sailing or if I was really praying and He said yes. I can not know just as I can not know His mind and will for my life. But I do know that the news we received was wonderfully, blessedly positive and that I felt as if a mountain had been lifted from my shoulders. And for this I praise His name to any and all that will listen! But…BUT…the bigger question for me and my faith then becomes, would I have felt the same way about my Heavenly Father if the news had not been so positive?


“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.”

James 5:13 NIV


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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

One response »

  1. So happy that your family got great news. There is nothing worse than watching your grandchild suffer in anyway. Prayers will continue for your husband, and for you, for strength. Hang in there, God Is Good.

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