A Lesson On Prayer

I believe in the power of prayer. I believe that God hears our prayers and that He responds to every one of them. We sometimes may believe that He does not answer our prayers because the answers He gives are not what we expected and go unnoticed. If that be the case, how are we to pray in order that God respond affirmatively to our petitions?

Some years ago, a friend sent me the following lesson on prayer. I have no idea who originally composed the teaching, but I do believe it very much worth a careful reading.

* I asked God to take away my pride, and God said, "NO." He said it was not for Him to take away, but for me to give it up.

* I asked God to make my handicapped child whole, and God said, "NO." He said the child's spirit is whole, the body is only temporary.

* I asked God to grant me patience and God said, "NO." He said that patience is a by-product of tribulation. It isn't granted it's earned.

* I asked God to give me happiness and God said, "NO." He said He gives blessings, happiness is up to me.

* I asked God to spare me pain, and God said, "NO." He said suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to Me.

* I asked God to make my spirit grow, and God said, "NO." He said I must grow on my own, But He will prune me to make me fruitful.

* I asked God if He loved me, and God said, "YES." He gave me his only Son who died for me, and I will be in Heaven someday because I believe.

* I asked God to help me love others as much as He loves me, and God said, "AH, FINALLY, YOU HAVE THE IDEA."

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7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
- 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

How do you pray?

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