Allowing God to answer prayers

At times when I am praying, I am also telling God how He should answer my prayer. Then, I realize by yielding to His infinite wisdom, needed human footsteps appear. God answers every prayer for my highest good .  We never ask Him for bread and in return, receive a stone.  So very reassuring 

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Know what you know

Recently I read an article where a professor wrote a problem on the board and asked a student to come and solve it.  As the student begins writing, the teacher begins yelling, “no, no, go back to your seat!”  This happened repeatedly four or five times until a young woman walks to the blackboard and begins solving the problem.  Once again, the professor begins yelling, “wrong” and the student keeps on, ignoring his outbursts.

Upon finishing, the teacher remarks, “Well done!”  At this, the four or five hands of the rejected students shot up, exclaiming, that was exactly what they were doing.  He looked over his classroom and said, “This will be one of the most important lessons you will ever learn in  your life.  It is not enough to know the answer, but you have to know that you know.”  He goes on to tell the students just because they are impressed or intimidated by him, they need not listen to his discouragements  or doubts when they know the answer.

In Isaiah 43:1, it states, “But now, this is what the Lord says–he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.”  This is something worth knowing that we know that as a Truth!

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Approval

Often I think I may need approval or validation from others.  It can be very frustrating and disappointing until I realize I only need God’s approval!  That revelation is so freeing.  Matthew 5:5 reads, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”  By turning to God, our every human need is met.

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Understanding

Understanding humanly will never bring peace to our soul, but we need to relinquish attempting to “figure things out”, but giving it to God.  Proverbs 3:5-6 states, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way.  The Lord be with all of you.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16

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Words

While thinking about words today, I recognized how the world often applauds quick wit or sarcastic retorts which is seen as humor.  As I grow spiritually, I know I should be quick to listen and slower to reply.

Proverbs 12:18 reads, “Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”  James 1:19, “My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”

The Bible covers every need we have.  To me, it doesn’t get any clearer than those two verses.

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Heaven on Earth

Many years ago, I heard a story about someone passing and  was at the pearly gates.  Saint Peter told him he had received the right to go to heaven and took him by the hand to this wonderful place where there were long tables filled with luscious food and drink, beautiful music and long, gold eating utensils where everyone was feeding each other.

Then the man asked if he could just glimpse into hell to see what it was like.  Saint Peter agreed and took him into another room with the exact same set up, but rather than the beautiful music, there was screeching and yelling.  The same long gold eating utensils but everyone was trying to feed themselves rather than others so the food was never reaching their mouths.

That is so true for me today.  When my focus is on others with compassion and love, I lose self-absorption where my challenges appear so huge.  They soon disappear when gratitude and humility and love for others is foremost in my thought.

Galations 5:22 reads, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.”

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