by Stephen Whitney

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Series: Prayer
Stephen Whitney
I John 3:22-23

On February 15, 2003 at Oasis Trailer Park in Ephrata 13 year-old Craig Sorger was beaten and stabbed 42 times in the head, neck and back. His body was then dumped in the lake at the park.

Two other boys who lived in the park were soon arrested after having been seen playing that afternoon with Craig. Evan Savoie, who was also 13, was one of the boys arrested. Even though he said he was not big on religion, in jail he turned to God.

In jail for eight months he said he prayed nearly every day for his freedom and for the real killer to be caught. But after 243 days of being locked up, Savoie said, he stopped praying. He now just tried to take one day at a time. He was to be tried as an adult and faced 20 to 30 years in adult prison if he was convicted.

In an interview at the Grant County Juvenile Center with the Wenatchee World newspaper he said, "God might be there; he might not. If he is, I don't care now. Faith is pretty much down the toilet. His mother said, "Evan feels God has given up on him."

When people are in trouble or troubling events happen in their lives they often turn to prayer even if they don't pray regularly.
They hope that God will answer their prayer in the crisis even though they don't have a personal relationship with him. If they don't receive the answer they wanted they become discouraged.

When we pray we have to remember:
First, God always answers prayer according to his will, not ours.

There are times when God's will and our will are not the same.

Second, God is not a genie who does whatever we want him to do.

We cannot make God do what we would like him to do for us.

Third, God requires our obedience to his will. Our obedience to his commands is a key reason for him to answer our prayers.

Ask Anything
God wants us to ask him to provide for all of our needs.
Matt. 7:7 Jesus said, "Ask, and it wil ...

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