Friday, August 19, 2011

praying specifically.

do you know what always happens to me?
i get in a rut and i don't know how to get out.
i try and i try and i try and 
i fail and i fail and i fail. 
and then
(and only then)
do i realize that i will always fail.
because i am a failure.
we all are.

for all have sinned and
fall short of the glory of God.
Romans 3:23

and we cannot,
i repeat, cannot
do this life without Him.
but the thing is, we think we can.
and that's how we find ourselves in these ruts.

"You can never learn that Christ is all you need, 
until Christ is all you have." 
Corrie Ten Boom

this morning, i sent up an 
honest, desperate, vulnerable plea to Jesus.
that He would rescue me.
that He would help me get all that needs to be done, done.
and you know what?
He answered in the 
most incredible and specific way.

not two hours later, 
i received an email from a college friend 
that i haven't seen since graduating
who offered so much. 
so very much more than she could ever imagine.
and i know that it was totally and completely from the Lord.

Auntie B always reminds me to pray specifically. 
and you know what just clicked for me today?
(you have probably already figured this one out)
i know that God knows what is going 
to come out of my mouth before even i do:

acknowledge the God of your father, 
and serve him with wholehearted devotion
and with a willing mind, 
for the LORD searches every heart 
and understands every motive 
behind the thoughts.
1 Chronicles 28:9

but i think that He wants us to pray specifically 
so that when He answers that request, 
we know that it is from Him.
and nothing else.
and no one else.
but from Him.
and Him alone.
so that He may get the glory.
because He gives specifically and He gives generously.

for Jesus said: 
Ask and it will be given to you; 
seek and you will find; 
knock and the door will be opened to you. 
For everyone who asks receives; 
the one who seeks finds; 
and to the one who knocks, 
the door will be opened.
Matthew 7:7-8 

we had a playdate at a new friend's house 
and made these fabulous prayer rocks.
aren't they so awesome?
why, yes.
yes they are.

Elijah was a human being, even as we are. 
He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, 
and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.
Again, he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, 
and the earth produced its crops.
James 5:17-18

1366. specific prayers answered
1367. seeing laundry dry in the sunshine
and blow in the wind
(the first time i have ever, ever done this)
1368. sitting at a new desk
1369. sunshine pouring in the windows
1370. a sweet little boy (L) on a trike
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