During the closing prayer of our pre-game chapel before an MLS game in my last season, our chaplain asked God to give our team the supernatural power to know which way the ball was going while we were on the field. Initially, I shrugged off this prayer and did not put much faith in God’s desire to be a part of this aspect of our lives.
Toward the end of the game, with the 1–0 score perilously hanging in our favor, our opponents maneuvered down the field in an effort to equalize the score. With a great deal of congestion in front of my goal, I struggled to see the ball and was concerned that if a shot was taken, I wouldn’t be able to make the save.
Fortunately, I caught a glimpse of the advancing forward’s body motion and his wind up, so I knew he was going to shoot. Somehow, I correctly dove to my right and was able to parry the shot away to safety.
I gave thanks to God. I immediately believed that He provided me with the ability to know the side of the goal that the ball was headed for—not for my benefit or the benefit of the team—but to prove that there are no prayers that should be “shrugged off.” He showed me that no prayer, no matter how big or small, goes unheard.
Trusting God is not easy. But by developing a relationship with Him through prayer, we can have confidence that He is always there.
Luke 11:10 says, “For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” Ask. Then trust God—no matter what His answer might be.