Prayer

Praying HandDoes God really hear and answer our prayers?

Well, the Bible says that He does.

The Bible instructs us to pray.

Praying is talking to God.

Here is the story of the first prayer that I remember praying as a teenager, and the first one I saw God so clearly and specifically answer.

 ~Below the story is a link to a great website with resources on prayer.~

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 An Example of Answered Prayer… The Woven Heart Baskets

 

     Frustration.  At the age of 14, five years had passed since I’d crafted my little heart-shaped baskets.  Each one would be made of two separate colors of construction paper, and hold a special note, or a few pieces of candy inside.  I’d first made them for Meals-on-Wheels on Valentine’s Day.  Now, that time of year had rolled around again, and I had the residents at the National Lutheran Home in mind.

But, I couldn’t figure out how to recreate these special favors.

It had been one week since I had determined to make the treats as gifts again.  How the senior residents would smile when they opened up their handmade surprises!  I imagined them keeping their baskets with the handwritten notes inside for weeks to come for daily encouragement.

When I could not remember how to do it, I set out on a mission to find the answer.

First stop:  Mom.  Afterall, she had observed me making countless numbers of them.  Surely, she would remember.  But, hard as she tried, she could not recall the secret.

I phoned my grandmother who had been a recipient.  Nope.

During the week, I asked everyone I knew, and even some I did not.  I even asked my teachers.  Nobody had a clue.

Finally, I sat alone on the pink carpet in my bedroom, feeling discouraged.  My eyes wandered the room and stopped at the book I was reading:  Catherine Marshall’s Adventures in Prayer.

Catherine shared that one method to pray was to locate a Bible verse that was relevant – and use it as a reminder of God’s promises.  I was new to praying, but, I had asked everyone else.  I decided I would ask God.

On my knees, I found the Bible verse she shared:  “And this is the confidence which we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us.  And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have obtained the requests made of Him.” I John 5:14, 15 (RSV)

God,” I prayed, “You know all about how to make heart-shaped baskets.  Would You please show me how?”

I sat still.  Then, it occurred to me how to shape the paper.

Regaining hope, I ran to the kitchen to tell my mom what I remembered.  At the same time downstairs, she had discovered the second part of the mystery – how to cut on the folded side.  In only minutes, and a prayer, we had an assembled basket.

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Click Here to go to prayertoday.org — a great resource on tips about How to Pray.

They have free downloads which you can print out and put in a notebook to use during your time with the Lord. Enjoy!