The Make-a-Wish Foundation is an American charity dedicated to making the last wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions come true. The wish might be a final family vacation to Disneyland, swimming with dolphins, or meeting a favorite celebrity. The hard-working people at Make-a-Wish, along with millions of individual donors, make those wishes come true. In fact, the foundation makes a child’s last wish come true every 35 minutes.
The Make-a-Wish Foundation is a well-respected charity, but many people think God works on the same basis. Someone has a sincere wish, offers a prayer, and then expects God to make it come true.
A wish can be quite serious or more mundane. Bob prays for his favorite football team to win the game on Sunday. His neighbor, Tom, prays for his favorite football team to win too. Obviously, God can’t answer both men the way they pray; and either Bob or Tom is going to be really disappointed in God. So what is God to do?
Prayer is not God’s make-a-wish program, no matter how much faith you have or what you decree. He isn’t in the wish-making business – not even last wishes. He’s not a charity seeking the pleasure of anyone. God has a will of His own and that is His agenda. He answers His child whose prayer matches with His eternal will.
This is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us (First John 5:14).