“I asked for Strength And God gave me Difficulties to make me strong.
I asked for Wisdom And God gave me Problems to solve.
I asked for Prosperity And God gave me Brains and Brawn to work.
I asked for Courage And God gave me Danger to overcome.
I asked for Love and God gave me Troubled people to help.
I asked for Favors And God gave me Opportunities.
I received nothing I wanted, I received everything I needed.”
Sometimes we think God doesn’t answer our prayers. I believe he tests us; though the test isn’t for Him, He already knows who we are and what we’ll do. The test is for us, for our personal use, our improvement, so that we can see who we are, where we fall short, and what we’re capable of. Nothing is for His benefit. This mortal world we live in is completely for us.
Are we prepared to move forward in His purpose? Are we true believers? Is there doubt in our hearts?
But we don’t.
Sometimes God seems to be quiet. He seems to be absent. The thing is, when we’re facing a difficult test in our lives and we wonder where God is and why He allows so much trouble, we fail to remember that the professor is always silent during the test.
It’s hard to pray when we think He is not listening. This is when we have to give up. Really, give up. Give it all up. To Him. God can be pretty hard-hearted. If we’re not surrendering to God in our prayers, I don’t think we’re really praying. I personally feel like I’m on top of the world with His love when I cry during prayer, and I find that this is truly powerful. Crying doesn’t mean that you’re unhappy, or weak, or that your life is failing miserably. It might, but it also denotes love, sincerity, and most importantly I believe it means we have connected deeply with our deity. It is truly a powerful experience to share with Him.
Which leads me to the most powerful prayer you can pray. “God, I give up!”
Shout it through the rooftops.
That prayer is heard immediately.
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