The Challenge Behind the Asking

How many times have you asked God for something? Have you ever noticed how He answers? If you haven’t, I urge you to start noticing.

The more I pay attention, the more I “see” answers to my prayers. The closer I look, I notice connections that I didn’t see before and recognize answers… that come with challenges.

So, okay, consider a prayer that asks for direction. I have a very difficult time seeing direct answers, so I probably become quite a boor to God, asking Him the same things over and over. But, in the process, I also notice little pushes, small nudges that, if I recognize them, take me to new levels. Maybe someone suggests to me a course of action that I would never before have considered. Maybe it’s action that I totally DON’T want to take. But I often begin thinking about it, and, little by little, I start to come around. I believe that is the Spirit at work.

I believe it is a gift of the Spirit when we receive wisdom, understanding, and strength following our requests.  This is what makes further action possible.

Start taking note. When you make a request of God, I strongly suspect that your answer is likely to come, albeit possibly in portions – but along with something else. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself pushed from your comfort zone…into some kind of greater challenge.

Of course, I also believe that God has a sense of humor…..

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The Prisoner's Prayer Book

Louise is author of The Prisoner's Prayer Book which evolved as she became a volunteer in prison ministry. Retired from a career in social services, Louise resides in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

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