Prayer that really works

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”–I John 5:14, NIV

I spent years, decades, comparing what I prayed for with what I got. I struggled that whole time with trying to find scriptures to “claim” so that what I asked for was according to God’s will. All that happened was that, little by little, I began to doubt that God loved me.

More recently, I have done something else. I have asked God to remake my thoughts. I have asked God to conform me to the image of Jesus. I no longer have an expectation of what a blessing has to be before I’ll recognize it as such.

It all started almost ten years ago, when I finally decided to believe that Jesus loves me simply because the Bible says so. It all started when I stopped looking for evidence of his love in my circumstances.

After several years of peaceful, and perhaps complacent, contentment, the last two years have held devastating loss. Through it all, I have not been tempted to doubt God’s love again. It looks like God answered some of my prayers from years ago in a way I could have never anticipated.


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Prayer that really works — 2 Comments

  1. Hi David. 🙂
    Thanks for visiting my blog earlier. Read your above post. Even though we are from different religions, I can understand the gist of the above. It has been a long and hard journey for me too and I only understand the lesson now. 🙂
    Not a wise cat, only a struggling cat learning and sharing life's lesson, hoping it might benefit someone.
    have a good day
    (hana @ cat)

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