The prophet Habakkuk was fed up with the evil he saw around him. So, he complained to the management. “How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? (Hab 1:2 NIV)” What he didn’t expect was God’s answer. “I am raising up the Babylonians, that ruthless and impetuous people, who sweep across the whole earth . . . . (2:6)” Habakkuk was taken aback “Lord, they are even worse than we are.” You see, you need to be careful what you ask for.
In Acts 12, the apostle Peter was arrested because of his testimony of Christ. “4After arresting him, he [Herod] put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover. 5 So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him (NIV).” So what happens? God miraculously frees him from his prison. He goes to where the saints are assembled [praying for him], and knocks. “Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant named Rhoda came to answer the door. When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, “Peter is at the door!” “You’re out of your mind,” they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, “It must be his angel.” But Peter kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished (13-16 NIV).” Yes, again, they got what they asked for.
Prayer is not just going through the motions. It is not filling the mind’s silence with noise. It is communication with the All Powerful, and as such be ready for the answer. It may well be what you asked for!