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Monday, February 21, 2005

What happens when you pray...

Things change, right? Mountains move, healing happens, relationships are restored. Except sometimes it doesn't seem like it.

Sometimes those amazing answers to prayer feel a long way off. Or like they'll never arrive. Then the temptation is to quit praying. Or maybe keep praying, but hide.

How do you hide in prayer?

Lately I've hidden by asking God for a list of things I hope He'll do, instead of believing that God will do His best according to His will in His time. I've also just not asked. I've talked to God about a thousand things, good things even, but not the one thing I most desire.

See, I can ask people to pray for my girls to get better when they're sick or for God to provide my husband with a job. All good things, all things worth asking God to provide. But I can pray and ask others to pray for those things and still hide because I'm not being vulnerable.

It's different when I say I've been praying for over a year and a half for my husband to have a job and for healing for my daughter's reflux and the lack of an answer is stretching my faith and my marriage to the breaking point.

That's coming out of hiding and getting honest with God and others.

That's when change happens.

That's when mountains move.

And that's where I want to be.

How about you?

3 comments:

Sally said...

Amy,
Thanks for being honest. You inspire me...I'm praying for you!

Amy Wallace said...

Thank you so much for your encouragement and prayers. I know from experience they are the kind that make mountains move!

Amy

ScrollSquirrel said...

Hey Amy!

Thanks for giving me your blog address, I'll save it to my favorites. Blessings!

Cheryl W (your mentoree from acrw '04)

 
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