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This will be the third try at starting this little post. The thought of "help" is uncomfortable. Asking for help?? *Shudder* It's always been a struggle.
Lately I have felt this urging: To pray for God to send me the help He thinks I need.
I am normally one to pray very specifically. If I need $100.28, this is what I pray for. I pray for everything I need. It started when I was a young child. There have been many times in my life when God has rocked my world with his provision...
Like the time I prayed for an answering machine because my husband was a pastor who was holding a second job and it felt like that would help. But we did not have one extra penny. Just a couple of weeks after I started praying a friend called and mentioned that she had gotten a new answering machine but her old one still worked fine and she wanted to know if I wanted it. And honestly, I could go on and on... Does everything I pray for magically appear on my doorstep? No, of course not. God says "no" or "wait" at times. I trust him to know what is best!! Does I only pray for what I need? Of course not!! In both instances, I have seen God answer in amazing ways more times than I can count!
When we brought our 4 sweeties home, I knew I was not going to be able to go it alone. Our church family has been A-MAZ-ING, really amazing. I'm not saying I never ask a person directly for help. I just recently asked a dear friend from my church family to borrow her 9 passenger van for a family reunion (this enables us all to travel there in 1 car).
But here is what was starting to happen in my heart...as people came forward offering to help in different areas (like babysitting, for example), I was starting to rely on people too much. I am not saying it's bad to rely on people. However, when I have a need, I should bring it to my Heavenly Father first. He is my provider. When I rely on people, there lives change and situations change.
So, I have felt it a healthy thing to pray: "Lord send me the help I need." And then I trust... When God fills a need I thank him. When he does not, I know there is something he must be teaching me through my lack (this is my goal).
"I don’t say this out of need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know both how to have a little, and I know how to have a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content—whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me." ~Phil. 4:10-13
I am all about praying specifically. In other areas, I do. But for now, I am so thankful for God's grace. Even when I don't really know exactly how to pray or how to ask and remember who my REAL provider is, God loves me and is gracious to help me.
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