AS WE PRAY...
It is to expect an answer. Otherwise ~ it would be like pulling up to the window of a Fast-Food Place, placing an order at the first window ~ and not expecting the food to be there at the next.
To be honest with you ~ there have been times when I have prayed ~ simply going through the motions and yet remaining detached. Easier and less emotionally involved!
In the past months of my life ~ there has been devastating and emotional family upheaval. Without going into minute details ~ suffice it to say that it has been astoundingly hurtful and detrimental to my good health.
I began to pray ~ initially to be heard. Through tears and anguish ~ I prayed. While driving ~ I prayed. While crying ~ I prayed.
And, then, I began to pray in earnest. To better understand the "WHY" OF ALL THIS...which just was not making sense. Rather than be a whiner about all of it ~ I began to really see another side.
I then prayed in earnest ~ knowing that He would provide to me the answers I would need. I literally let go and Let God!! I decided this burden was just too much for me. It was too great a stone and albatross around my neck and I could do nothing about it. I had no control.
Instead, I prayed that those involved would not be able to rest ~ until their heart was changed. That they could not find peace ~ until their heart softened and broke. And, I continued to pray.
Through it all ~ suddenly, doors opened up to me ~ and the joy has been overwhelming to me. Flooding me with the spirit of the Lord ~ giving me the peace and direction I have needed in this ~ and coveting to my heart ~ this answer to prayer.
Things are not perfect, but they are increasingly better.
The peace that has come is tremendous.
The moral of this is to encourage you ~ no matter what ~ seek the prayers in your life and pray without ceasing. Prayer changes things.
And, in His time ~ not mine ~ He has given to me the answers to my prayers ~ and I am praising Him today.
Take the time to pray ~ take the time to give Him praises when you receive your answer.
God changes lives ~ and hearts.
Amen and AMEN!!
Live life to the fullest, sisters ~ and give THANKS to Him who blesses you every day....