Q: We're like a lot of people today, falling farther
and farther behind on our mortgage payments. We're going to lose our house if
something doesn't happen. Would it be wrong to pray about this, since it isn't
religious? -- Mrs. V.P.
A: My heart goes out to you and to all who are
facing this heart-wrenching problem -- and no, it isn't wrong to pray about it.
In fact, it would be wrong for you not to pray and seek God's wisdom! God is
concerned about everything that concerns us -- every worry, every care, every
And this is why we can bring every detail of our lives to Him
in prayer -- whether they seem to be "religious" or not. The Bible says, "Do not
be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with
thanksgiving , present your requests to God" (Philippians 4:6). The reason we
can pray with confidence is because God loves us, and He wants what is best for
us. He loves you so much that His Son was willing to give His life for you. Have
you invited Christ to come into your life?
Once you understand how much
God loves you, you will realize that He can be trusted to hear your prayers, and
to answer them in the way that is best for you. One way He answers is by giving
us wisdom to deal with our problems -- which may be the case with you, perhaps
by seeking advice from a trusted financial adviser.
Does this mean all
your problems will suddenly vanish? No, not necessarily. Sometimes we have to
pay the consequences for our own bad decisions; sometimes we don't know why God
allows some things to happen to us. But when we know Christ, we know we are
never alone, and we can trust Him even in the roughest times.