Several years ago, I was in a convenience store in Austin, Texas, and watched a very interesting scene unfold. I saw a person working on filling out lottery slips for his picks. While he was doing that, he prayed and asked God for luck on winning the lottery. He said that if he wins, he would give 10% of his winnings to his church and would give to the poor. As he completed his tickets and went to the counter to purchase his picks, he continued to pray for luck. He purchased $100 in lottery picks. Did he win? I know that the convenience store did not post itself as selling the winning lottery pick. So, I guess he could have one a smaller pot or nothing at all.
Let us suppose that he won nothing. What would be his prayer then? "God, why weren't you listening to me?"
When we ask for God's help, it should be for things that we need and our prayers should be earnest. Praying is not a game show like "Let's Make a Deal" or "Deal or No Deal". We offer our prayers in truth. God always listens and will grant our prayers and desires in accordance with His will.
The LORD is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth. He grants the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cries for help and rescues them.
Psalms 145:18-19 NLT
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