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What I’ve learned about prayer April 27, 2014

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I WONDER IF GOD ever tires of hearing my prayers.

He doesn’t. Not even when I repeat myself.

A billboard along U.S. Highway 14 between Janesville and Waseca, MN.

A billboard along U.S. Highway 14 between Janesville and Waseca, MN.

Scripture advises continuous and constant prayer. Pray without ceasing.

I didn’t always pray the way I should, praying in a more me-centered manner than asking for God’s will to be done. But I figured out awhile ago that this is not about me getting what I want, but about God figuring out what is best for me. He is in control, not me.

This doesn’t mean I can’t pray for specifics. I can. I do. Often. But in the end, I realize that whatever the answer, it is as God intends.

Do I always like the answer? No. At least not until I determine why God responded as He did. And sometimes I never can quite decipher what He’s thinking. I’m pretty certain, though, that God is way smarter than me. Way smarter.

Patience and trust, I’ve learned, are keys to a healthy prayer life. I’m still learning. God is patient and a good listener. For that I am grateful.

© Copyright 2014 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


30 Responses to “What I’ve learned about prayer”

  1. What a beautiful writing about prayer. I became a Christian at 17 old and have only recently learned within the past two years to wholeheartedly trust God’s will in my life.

  2. treadlemusic Says:

    And, if I had a god that I totally understood than he would be no greater than I!!!!! That is one frightening thought!!!!! Thank you so much for this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Ted Aaberg Says:

    Very thoughtful piece on prayer Audrey. Also very helpful. So easy at least for myself to become overwhelmed with the exigencies of life, forget that the Lord cares for us. I will start praying that I always put that in my heart and mind. Remembering, He is “Our Father.”

  4. hotlyspiced Says:

    It’s true the Bible says to ‘pray without ceasing’. I’m not quite at that point yet, but I do make a habit of praying daily xx

  5. Joan Quiram Says:

    Thank you for this thought-provoking blog Audrey! By the way, the two gentlemen who own that business (and that sign) on Hwy 14 go to my church. I always love seeing it on my way to Waseca.

  6. Thread crazy Says:

    Great post today Audrey; yes, our God’s is a wonderful God who’s mightier than any of us can comprehend. I try to start my day each morning with a thank you prayer to God for his grace and love. I’m just like everyone else though; there are days when it seems like the heavens are closed to my prayers. That’s when I feel God gently saying, I hear you and just trust me….that five letter word that’s so hard to do sometimes – trust. Yes, we have an awesome God!

  7. Jackie Says:

    Beautiful post on prayer Audrey. I once heard it said that “Prayer is asking God to align you with His will, rather than asking HIm to be aligned with yours”. It took me awhile to “get that”, I think it comes with , lifes lessons, studying Gods word and maturing as a Christian. Prayer is the lifeline between God and me, I’m glad he never tires of me and my babbling 🙂

  8. Marilyn Says:

    It blesses me down to the tip of my toes that My Heavenly Father longs to hear from each of His children. I think most of us widen the horizons of our prayers beyond the “me, me” to the reality of intercessory prayers as we age. Or maybe I shouldn’t say it is due to aging but to ‘maturity.’ I think I am finally maturing – to some extent.

  9. Beautiful 🙂 Be Blessed My Friend!

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