Turn Your Wishes Into Prayers

I wish. It’s a simple statement. I wish I had more time, I wish I could be there for you, or I wish we could all get along. Wishing is a normal part of human life. During my walk on Sunday afternoon, I saw dandelions with their seeds exposed, the kind my little brother and I blew on to make our wishes. As I got closer to take a photo, I heard, “It’s time to turn your wishes into prayers.”

I continued my walk thinking about the difference between wishing and praying. As my feet found their rhythm I remembered this passage,

“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” ‭‭John‬ ‭15‬:‭7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Ask Whatever You Wish

Jesus wants us to come to Him with our wants as well as our needs. Our wishes are not childish longings, sometimes they are legitimate needs, and they represent the desires of our hearts. This verse represents a conditional promise of Jesus. It’s conditional because He says, “if.” If.

If what? If we remain connected to Him. And if His words remain connected to us, we have the right to ask for WHATEVER we wish.

I’ve been wishing for some big things, and praying for some even bigger things. I wish Australia was closer so I could see my grandkids more often. And I wish they could meet their extended family here in the US. One of my dear friends is ill. A teammate of mine is grieving. And my emotions are still on a roller coaster ride with our transition from 18 years as missionaries to life in our passport country. I would love to say home country but the concept of “home” is another thing I’m praying about. But that’s for another post when the wound is not so raw.

Turn Your Wishes Into Prayers

For the past few days, I’ve been turning my wishes into prayers as I walk. I’m listening for answers and I’m trusting in His will and way. How about you? Have you made your wishes and needs known to Him? You can leave a comment or send me a message on Instagram and I’ll be honored to pray for you.

2 thoughts on “Turn Your Wishes Into Prayers

  1. So, so good. We often forget about the condition of this verse. Staying in Him, His Word, and being connected transforms our mind so that our desires are His desires. Why would he not grant any of these. I often need this check my connection to ensure I have truly remained in Him. I find it much easier when I stay connected to His Word regularly (daily if you will). Moment by moment if I have done well in hiding God’s Word in my heart. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you so much for your insightful words. May we all have our desires transformed by our connection to Him and His word. Blessings to you!

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