Do You Pray?

This is from Facebook. It’s talking about the different things to pray about, and how those are done. There are things that we do as a matter of habit and don’t even give them a second thought. For me, that was until today when I first read this prayer. I am doing some of these things myself, and never even consider that they could be and/or were a form of prayer.

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Other than prayer being how we are supposed to talk to God, I never really thought about it this way.The biggest thing about praying was being taught that I was supposed to thank God for everything. And the EVERYTHING included the good and the bad. It was the thanking God for the bad stuff that I couldn’t understand.

I was in my mid to upper twenty’s before it was explained to me the way that actually made sense. In the process of explaining it to me, a poem was used about what God had and had not promised us.Here is a copy of the poem that I looked up on Google:

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God Hath Not Promised

1 God hath not promised skies always blue,
Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through;
God hath not promised sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.
But God hath promised strength for the day,
Rest for the labor, light for the way,
Grace for the trials, help from above,
Unfailing sympathy, undying love.
2 God hath not promised we shall not know
Toil and temptation, trouble and woe;
He hath not told us we shall not bear
Many a burden, many a care.
3 God hath not promised smooth roads and wide,
Swift, easy travel, needing no guide;
Never a mountain, rocky and steep,
Never a river, turbid and deep.******************************************************************************************************************************

In that being explained to me, as the saying goes, “I saw the light.” I realized what thanking God even for the bad stuff meant, and it finally made sense. We have to have some things bad in our life or we would never know just how good the good was. Even after it being explained to me in a way that I could understand, it was hard to thank God for it. So in my prayers, I even told God about not wanting to thank Him for the bad stuff, and how weird I felt doing it. But eventually, I came to a place where I could thank God for everything while saying my prayers.

It no longer seemed illogical to do it, like it first did. I even started lifting prayers up to God during the day, and not just at bedtime. It really does make a difference in my whole being and how I feel throughout the day. Now instead of never thanking God for the bad, I literally thank Him for EVERYTHING that happens in my life, and everything that is given to me, as well as things that I had at one time, but no longer have for various reasons. When I catch myself getting upset about certain things that I have lost, I talk to God about that too.

If you are a person that does not pray, you may want to start doing it. You will feel strange at first, but after doing it for a while, it will become very pleasant to you. There have even been times that I wished the day would hurry up and end so I could say a long prayer instead of just praying little prayers throughout the day.