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Morning Prayer, Friday, October 20, 2017 - WORD(S) OF THE DAY:  ANSWERED PRAYS ARE NOT ALWAYS GOOD PRAYERS

Father God, when I pray and ask for things You know are not in my best interest, please shut it down.  Amen

James 4:2-3 

"God truly answers prayers, some of which He knows we don't need." Okay so last night in Bible Study, the pastor said to us, don't ask God for something and then complain about it once you get it.  Today, while talking to this gentleman who was sharing with me about his financial woes, he said that he found himself complaining to God about the fact that he had done nothing but struggle through this year.  He looked at me and said, "I had to stop myself because I got what I wanted and when the pressure was on, I started complaining."  Sometimes, God will give us the desires of our heart even when He knows that it is not in our best interest.  Prayer does work but there are times when we continually pray and ask God for things that we think we need, or we simply want and desire that in the long run does us more harm than good.  I am having to learn how to say, "Lord, your will be done" because you see, I pray for things and beg God for things without seeking to know if it is His will for me to have these things.  Maybe we don't ask God if it is His will because we are afraid He may say "No."  Well, wouldn't it be better if God said "No," and we have a few minutes of disappointment than for us to get it and have years of pain and suffering?  Like many of you, I'm trying to work my way through this life journey of mine without having too much unnecessary pain and suffering.  Yes, there are things I really do want but God knows I really don't need them.  My prayer is Lord, in those instances, shut the door.  Shut it down.  Don't let me take hold of anything that is not good for me.  I'm okay with that!                

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believed in him would not perish, but have everlasting life."  John 3:16         

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