Have you ever played the game “PLINKO” before? Until a couple weeks ago, I hadn’t, or if I had – I didn’t remember. It’s actually a fun game using a circular game piece and a slanted board with pegs on it. You place your game piece at the top, flat to the surface, and then release. The game piece slides from top to bottom hitting the pegs. You can start at the same spot but end in a different location at the bottom depending on the angle, spin, or speed in which you release your game piece.
Prayer and PLINKO both have a purpose or objective. In PLINKO, your objective is to land your game piece in the correct bin at the bottom, depending on the type of game you are playing. With prayer, the purpose is to first, play the game. Then, trust that God is going to answer. Only God knows the answers and unlike the game, there isn’t anything we can do to “aim” or “sway” God’s decision. BUT, as long as we are talking to God (praying), at least we’ve placed our prayer on the table. This is the first and simplest act of faith – God does the hard work, He answers the prayer.
Picture your “PRAYER PLINKO” board with only three boxes at the bottom. “Yes”, “No”, and “Not Right Now”. It’s that’s easy. We pray and ask God for things and He ALWAYS RESPONDS. I asked a pastor once “Why doesn’t God answer my prayer?” The pastor’s response was simple and to the point, “God always answers prayer. He says “yes, “no”, or “not right now”. God always answers, just not always the way we desire or understand, and in His timing, now ours.” I’ve never forgotten his. As I played PLINKO with the Kindergartners I was reminded of this lesson on prayer.
First, you need to play –Talk to God like you talk to your best friend over coffee. Share your heart. Thank Him and praise Him for the way He is working in your life.
Second, now release your prayers and needs to God in the same way you talked to Him about all you are thankful for. Trust God to listen and hear your prayers.
Finally, prayerfully wait for God to answer in His time, not yours. This is the hard part. God will answer your prayer – only He knows if it will be a “yes”, “no”, or “not right now” but as you wait…trust God because He can see beyond anything we dream or imagine and knows what is best for us and others.
Why do I write?
Writing to glorify God and help others! "Let me understand the teaching of your precepts; then I will meditate on your wonders." Psalm 119:27 (NIV)
Lisa M Buske
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