Thursday, July 9, 2009

Pray Expectantly

I pray. I pray before my meals either alone or out loud with friends, I pray before I go to sleep at night, I pray throughout the day when I think of something I want to converse with the big man about, I pray all throughout a competition…you get the picture. But sometimes it’s not about if you pray, it’s about how you pray. And this is an area I know I can improve upon. In fact, we are going through this exact subject in church right now (shout out to The Rock Church!) and I have found it to be very enlightening. When you pray about specific things in your life, you also must believe and trust that he will answer those prayers. Sometimes that’s the hard part…believing he hears you and that he will answer. That’s faith. Sometimes I feel like I just throw it up there and then I hope… kind of like crossing my fingers that God is able and willing to do things in my life. But, duh…he’s God. Why in the world would I sell him short?!

Lately I feel like I’ve been having a lot of prayers answered and it’s just made me feel extremely blessed. And I think it’s important to give credit where credit is due. Sometimes things happen in such a precise and detailed way that you absolutely know it was an answer to prayer. The stars only align when He tells them to. So every time I wonder how I will possibly pay the bills next month and a check arrives two days later, or I need a place to live and someone graciously opens their home, or I’m told my best years as an athlete may be behind me and I make a team after nine years of trying, or my knee suddenly has no pain after multiple doctors tell me another surgery is the only option…my list can go on and on but you get the point. He heard me and He answered.

God is real. He still has a few other of my prayer items he’s up there working on (i.e. my husband!), but I know and am constantly reminded to expect that he is working on my behalf to fulfill my needs and give me the desires of my heart. (According to his will, of course.) Today I just wanted to share that with you and I’ll leave you with a verse my best friend shared with me the other day…

Psalm 5:3 In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

That was the most encouraging blog I ever read. This was definitely a word in season because I'm currently homeless and still striving to make things happen in my life. Sometimes we get so caught up in life and problems that we forget who's in charge. Thank you for letting me realize this. Stay Blessed

Psalm 20.

brit brat said...

I'd like a few of mine answered....so since my faith is at this time not as strong as yours.....pray some of my prayers for me?

Erin Michell said...

God is definitely real and he answers our prayers when he feels it is the right time!!!! It's always good to be know and be reminded that he has our back....always :-) Great post

anonymousnupe said...

To quote John P. Kee and the New Life Choir: Jesus is Real!

And as Tyler Perry's alter ego would say: Halleluhjer! Praise the LorT!

Bianca said...

You know I steal all the glory, so blog readers, IIIIIII gave Bri that scripture!!! IIIII was also in church with her this past Sunday!!! And IIIIII was the one who told her to pray over her in the Ralphs parking lot for a home.

Man alive! There goes all my treasures in heaven :(

Brit, I'm praying for you.

jonwpatton said...

Amen and amen. I am reminded of my own journey and how easy it is to pray for help and how easy it is to forget to pray with a thankful heart afterward.

Thank you for the encouragement and for the affirmation. Our God reigns!

Coach said...

Thank you for this topic.
I started keeping a prayer journal about 5 years ago and I like to look back on all the answered prayers. He answers them and in His own time.

KaiSonjii said...

God has never not answered my prayer with good for me. Believe !!!!
God is working for Us all - can you believe that ????

WoW