Could you please help me find my golf ball? I know it is around here somewhere. I’ve looked everywhere, and it is time to either find the ball, or take a penalty stroke and a drop. Could you PLEASE help me find the ball?
In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
I say about 795 prayers like the one above every summer. I find that they ‘work’ about half the time. By ‘work’ I mean that after I say such a prayer, I find the ball. I have never received an answer to these prayers like, ‘The ball is behind the pine tree on the left’, or, ‘I know where the ball is, but I am not telling you’.
When I do find the ball, I always thank God for helping me find it. You know, just in case. And when I don’t find the ball, I never blame God for not helping me. I just take my stroke, drop a new ball, and play on.
I’m not sure what this means about prayer, God, or myself. But I still like golf – no matter how many golf balls I go through every summer.