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Thank you so much for stopping by! I have named this blog "Running to the Cross" because that is what I often find myself doing...running to be with my Lord Jesus! I often cover many aspects of life on my blog, as it is my journal. I used to write things down in all sorts of notebooks, but my writings would soon be lost. So I decided that it was time to start a blog and share my thoughts and ideas with others. Many topics you will find here are prayers, homemaking and organization, children and pregnancy, funny stories, and the challenges of parenting and motherhood. If you enjoy my blog and leave me a comment, you are likely to have me visit! I love meeting others and gleaning from the lives of others. May you be blessed! Your friend in Christ, Heather

Friday, April 6, 2007

Do You Believe in Prayer?

As a child, I had the mind of a child, the heart of a child, and I believed that God could answer my prayers. I don't know when I truly became a child of God, but I know that He answered my prayers.

One of the first prayers that I remember was when I asked God to take away my bad dreams. I was about 12 years old then, and I was having frightening dreams that seemed real to me. I sometimes feared going to sleep because of my dreams. But I believed that God could take away my bad dreams, so I earnestly prayed to God and asked Him to take them away...and He did. He really did take away my bad dreams. To this day, I find myself amazed at the answered prayer. He heard my prayer and answered.

And as I said in my last post, God also helped my dad to stop smoking. I prayed for my dad to stop smoking and one day, he finally did. God answered my prayer.

As a young adult, I found myself in many different situations, God was always there protecting me. He kept me safe as I drove to and from work at 3 a.m. I would pray all the way home that I would not fall asleep at the wheel, and God would answer.

I was always concerned with how I would pay for college and He provided a way for me to get through college, debt free.

He answered my prayer for a husband. A husband I could pray with, a husband I could talk to about anything, a husband that would protect me and never desert me, a husband that could sing...yes sing, and many other things.

When it came time for my husband and I to marry, He answered my prayer to marry sooner than later. We needed to be married, so I prayed and God answered.

God has answered my prayers about children. God would open my heart to more children, I'd prayerfully request another, and God would bless. He also showed me my selfishness in my miscarriages. I would feel overwhelmed with so many children, yet God showed me through each miscarriage that I was being selfish. Losing that child, would open my heart to another and I realized that feeling overwhelmed with a bundle in my arms was much better that grieving over empty arms.

As we have made a transition from employers to self-employment, I have found myself much in prayer. When money was a problem, a prayer was said, and God answered just in time. In my unbelief I have suffered, but in my belief that God WOULD take care of us, I have found myself blessed.

God answers prayers. If He hasn't answered your prayer, believe. Believe that He CAN answer your prayer, believe that He CAN change circumstances, believe that He WILL answer in His perfect time. But another thing to consider is to end your prayers saying, "but do according to Your will, Lord."

..."do according to Your will, Lord."

Do you believe in prayer?

1 comment:

Audrey said...

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on your miscarriages. I needed to read that. I have become very content after having this last one. With all the others I just knew right away that I wanted more. Now I seem to be in a very different place. I know that it is just my selfishness that is bringing me to feel this way.

I also understand self eployment, we are not now, but I think I prayed the most during those times my husband has been self employed ;-)