I’m curious. Did your team win? Not to gloat or anything, but mine did. Go Broncos! My oldest daughter, who passed away in 2010 was a diehard Broncos fan. She knew every statistic of every player, had strong opinions of strategies used on the field, and even wrote to the head coach with her advice. I have his reply in her mementoes, a letter thanking her for sharing ideas and then explaining why it was his job to make the best decisions. Tammie’s cats were named after her favorite players, John Elway and Herschel Walker. Broncos fan all the way.
Most of the time, I have no favorite team and who wins isn’t important, but I confess I prayed more than once for the Broncos to win last night. For three days I wore Tammie’s official NFL Broncos sweatshirt, and asked God to give them victory. Maybe that seems strange to you. Really? Bothering God with something as fleeting as a football game? That’s the thing about God. He holds the whole world in his hands but he still cares about individuals and what they hope for. David’s words in Psalms relay this over and over.
Psalm 4:1 Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
Psalm 86:1 Hear me, Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.
Psalm 86:15 But Lord, you are a God who shows mercy and is kind. You don’t become angry quickly. You have great love and faithfulness.
Psalm 90: 16 Show your servants the wonderful things you do. Show your greatness.
God is merciful and kind. God is love and he isn’t just the representation of greatness, he is greatness. My team didn’t win because I prayed that Super Bowl 50 would end in victory for the Broncos. I don’t know why God honored my insignificant prayer. Win or lose, nothing in my life would change, but for my daughter, who is in heaven and not even slightly concerned about NFL stats, I wanted this win. I prayed for the win and God said yes.
What are you praying for today? To everyone else, it might seem insignificant, but if it’s important to you, it’s important to God.
Psalm 84:12 Lord Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you.
Psalm 78:7 They put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.
I’m praying and asking God for some pretty big things for friends who are in need. I’m believing he will say yes. I want him to say yes, but while I wait I remember these words. Psalm 28:7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.
Believe God in the dark for what he promises in the light. Have faith. Trust God. ‘Call on me in prayer and I will answer you. I will show you great and mysterious things which you still do not know about.’ – Jeremiah 33:3