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WHAT CAN I PRAY FOR?

What Can I Pray For?

by T. L. Wiens

QUESTION

What Can I Pray For?

I recently ran into the idea that we must only pray for what we need. Although I don’t agree, it did get me thinking about what should be the nature of our prayer requests.

David prayed for many things in the Psalms― safety, forgiveness and, at times, his prayers were praise to God. David’s prayers seem to go far beyond what I would label as needs.

In Romans 8:15-16 we read:

“For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:”

“Abba” translates as “Daddy.” What would I ask my daddy for?

Since our excitement losing our roof, wind bothers me. Is it a need for the wind not to blow? Some might argue that I need more faith that God won’t let the roof blow away again. Whatever the case, I have prayed on several occasions for the wind to stop blowing and God has heard my prayers. On one particular occasion, I looked at the forecast—three solid days of wind. I cried to God and the wind stopped. We had three days of calm. Was it a need? Not really but God heard me and answered.

Should we limit our prayers to only what we see as needs? Romans 8:26 says:

“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”

If I don’t even know what to pray for, how do I know when my prayers encompass my needs? I talk to God about everything. I leave my requests in His hands and trust He knows my needs and will differentiate between the frivolous and the necessary. He is, after all, my “daddy.”

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Tammy Wiens

Tammy lives in Saskatchewan with her husband. They have four children. She enjoys gardening, walks along the beach and being on the farm. She has a passion for her faith, studying the Bible and prayer.

She has published two books; Where a Little Rain Comes Down and Making the Bitter Sweet. A short story, “May’s First Christmas” appeared in Christmas Chaos, a collection of stories about Christmas experiences that don’t make the fronts of Christmas cards. “Careful What You Whisper” is another short story about Tammy’s experiences after breaking her back. It can be found in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider. Visit T. L. Wiens for more information about Tammy’s books and workshops.

 

HOW CAN I REFRESH MY FAITH? Live Simply

How Can I Refresh My Faith? Live Simply

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I have been reading through a book by Ron Hughes called Refresh – 19 Ways to Boost Your Spiritual Life.

This past week I have meditated on a chapter called, Live Simply.

Live Simply

For the past few years both my hubby and myself have tried to work toward a more simplified life style. That doesn’t mean we are lazy or idle. It means that we try to stick with what is important. We don’t look through ads trying to see what is out there to buy. We are content with what we have. When we shop we always take a list (of what we need).

Here are a few of the principles I have pulled out of this chapter:

        • Simplicity is a life-style of reduced needs.
        • It involves learning to want less.
        • Simplicity challenges the ethos of our culture.
        • Watch how many activities I am involved with – pull back if the pace of life impacts my time with God.
        • Don’t be a slave to anything I own. Be ready and willing to give it up.

“In the end nothing is “ours” so we should hesitate to consider ourselves anything more than the stewards of the resources God has placed in our hands.”

        • Remember that God is enough.

In the future, think twice, buy once. The bigger the purchase the longer you should spend deciding if you need it. Ask hard questions about he motives behind the desire for the things you want. Pay more attention to “needs” and less to “wants”.

Are you leading a simplified life? Take an inventory of your resources, including your time, money, talent and energy. How are these being invested?

What do you think?

IS YOUR MIND A CLUTTERED DESKTOP OF NEEDS?

Is Your Mind a Cluttered Desktop of Needs?

by Violet Nesdoly (reprinted with permission)

Is Your Mind Cluttered with Needs?

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks, it will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8 NIV)

We are a needy people. I am a needy person—high maintenance. It doesn’t take much to get me flying to God again, upset, worried, hurt, anxious, burdened…

Because of my need and dependence, verses like Matthew 7:7-8 are a great comfort. Of course this isn’t the only place in the Bible that God promises to respond to our requests. A dozen or so parallel passages give us a fuller understanding of what Jesus is talking about. Let’s do a little explore of Bible passages that talk, first about us seeking God, and then about His response (incomplete lists for sure, but a start).

We can ask/seek/knock:

God will respond when:

We don’t need to be preoccupied or mesmerized by the needs weighing on our minds and hearts today. Instead we can take them to God, and so minimize them from the desktop of our minds to the dock of His care.

PRAYER: Dear God, what welcome words these are. Help me to put them into practice in my life today today, believing that You are at work in the circumstances and people that concern me. May peace reign in my mind as I transfer my burdens to You. Amen.

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Violet Nesdoly

Violet freelances in several genres and has been published in a variety of print and online publications. Her articles, stories, and activities have appeared in Keys for Kids, Devotions for Girls, Devotions for Boys, Clubhouse, Guide, Primary Treasure, Partners, Pockets and others. She has also published two books of poetry and is an avid blogger. She is a member of Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship and a professional member of The Word Guild.