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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Blessed Assurance.

 I started this post yesterday morning....before our boys came to spend the day with me.  I had at first titled it "Will you pray for me"?   The reason the title got changed....was I sometimes need a confirmation from the Lord that what I'm writing is what HE wants....not what Deb wants!!!  I received a call around 5:30 yesterday afternoon from a lady at church who was trying to make it home in the snow....and guess what her question was....
"Will you pray for me"?
Pappy told me this was HIS Blessed Assurance!!!

God NEVER ceases to amaze me!!!


Now....on with what God put on my heart.....

 Will you pray for me?
Have you ever asked that question of someone?
It's so difficult for me to ask for prayer for myself.  Maybe not as much in recent years as when I was younger....but, I'll be honest with y'all....I seem to have always felt that if I asked for prayer for myself....it showed a sign of weakness.  
Does that make sense?
It's like I think that as a Christian....I should be able to handle everything on my own....with God's help, of course.
As I've gotten older....I feel that it shows more of a sign of humility....of realizing that we sometimes need to humble ourselves and ask for the help of a friend....someone we can trust.

I've had a burden for quite some time and as it grew harder and harder for me to handle it on my own....I knew I was going to have to ask for help....so....I shared my struggles with a good friend....and after doing so....woke up the next morning with a refreshed spirit....a "renewal of the mind".  My friend called me and told me that she had been waking up all during the night and each time she would say a little prayer for me.  

Why....oh, why....are we so hesitant to ask for help?
Or....is this just a problem that I face alone....and the rest of you aren't quite as stubborn....or rebellious....as I am?!?
:)

I Timothy 2:1 (NLT)
I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. 
Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.

In His Most Precious Love....and with mine!!!
 

4 comments:

  1. I think it takes great humility to ask for prayer--especially when the issue is deep or personal. But what a blessing it is to have others hold you up in prayer.

    Janis

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  2. I find the same thing at times...asking for prayer makes me appear like I cannot cope with the trial I am dealing with. Especially with little things...when I had cancer I asked many for prayer....but with anxiety...I have more trouble asking as I feel like as a Christian I "Should" not have this problem....Yet, God tells us to pray without ceasing and i read today that every thought and word is really prayer. I like praying for others, and need to give them the opportunity to pray for me too :)
    Have a good day...your post has been thought provoking.

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  3. I also have trouble asking for prayer, but then I have trouble asking for help of any kind. I was raised to be self sufficient, to be independent - not out of any since of pride on my mother's part - but out of necessity. Your post has given me an opportunity to ponder this tendency of mine though and maybe I can turn over a new leaf!

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  4. I think the reason I've always had trouble asking for prayer is that most people think you only need prayer if you have a physical ailment. Before and during my cancer surgery and recovery, I had thousands of people praying for me all over the world.
    If you say you need prayer because you are really having a problem dealing with an issue with a friend, it's just not taken the same way. So I just usually keep my mouth shut. Not that I think thousands of people should be bothered with my problems, but just to make a point.

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