On Prayer (and the small pieces to the puzzle)


Think about it for a minute: How many of you have not made some kind of deal if only your prayers were answered? Be honest now, we’re talking about prayers, remember? If only. If only. Those two words combined have to be the loneliest words in the English language. If only. Now, how would you feel if you found out that your prayers were probably answered all along but you didn’t know it? Maybe the difference is in how you’re praying. Y’know, for the most part, prayers are always answered. For the most part, prayers are never answered in the form that we have chosen but, yes, they are answered. The difference has always been in the details, the small pieces to the puzzle. It’s been said that life doesn’t always give you what you want but more times than not you’ll always get what you need.

When we pray, it’s always best to expect results from that prayer. That is where ‘belief’ comes into play; this is where ‘faith’ bends its knees and bows its head. Mark 11:23: Whosoever shall say unto this mountain, be thou removed and be thou cast into the sea and shall not doubt in his heart, he shall have whatsoever he saith…’ And shall not doubt in his heart. That’s the key. And yet, we pray and we pray and wonder why our prayers are not answered? We had the answer within us all along. We are praying and we are filled with doubt. Now, that’s a very bad combination. In essence, what we are doing is wishing and there is no prayer that comes to mind for wishing. But, again, praying just for the sake of praying seldom works out. Now, don’t get me wrong. If you’re praying for someone or something halfway around the world, by all means, say a silent prayer. However, prayer is an active process not a passive process. My grandfather used to tell us when you pray, move your feet. Action!! You gotta take action. Once you have the prayer out of the way, get to work. The Lord knows this. That’s why they say that He helps those who help themselves. EVEN IF you don’t know what to do or which way to turn, DO SOMETHING.

Now, this has to sound foreign to some readers. How, you ask, are you supposed to start something without knowing which way to turn? We didn’t learn that one in business school. The process starts with that single step. What you don’t know, you will learn along the way. Once you have made the commitment to yourself and start to move forward, something very strange starts to happen, something strange and wonderful. The Heavens step in and conspire to help you along your way. You will find yourself in situations that you never dreamed of with people that you never or hardly knew and they will all be there to help you. I can’t begin to tell you how many times in my life this has happened to yours truly.

There can be no small prayers, can there? If there is something in your life that warrants ‘prayer’, then, indeed, it is a big deal. The trick is not to make a big deal about it. Say your prayer, expect a result and then, work your butt off. Tell yourself at the end of the day you have done enough. Try again tomorrow. The following day, hit it again. And just keep that up. Slowly but surely, the pieces will start falling into place, the small pieces to that big puzzle. And you’ll get this warm feeling all over that, yes, your prayer was answered but you’ll know that you had a hand in the outcome. This I know. At least, that’s the way I see it. MLProko (2011) more at www.mikeproko.com

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Published in: on May 5, 2011 at 5:13 pm  Leave a Comment  
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