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Answered Prayers Are All Around Us

We have all begged God at one time or another. Maybe you begged God to let that lottery ticket be the winning ticket. Maybe you begged God to let that siren behind you not be a cop stopping you for speeding. But how many times do we pray to God and thank Him for things we have right now?

There are so many things we take for granted that someone else is praying for — shelter, food, clothing. Think of the countless blessings God gave to us without our asking. Yet we often find ourselves whining about what we don’t have.

A prayer is not like a letter to Santa, listing the things we want to find under the Christmas tree. It is not wrong to ask God for things, but we are instructed in Philippians 4:6 to present our requests with thanksgiving.

So when you pray tonight, don’t forget to begin by thanking God for all you have. After all, God didn't forget to wake you up this morning. Then, as Mark 11:24 puts it, “whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

Reflect

  • What do you want to see God do in your life today?
  • What are some things you can be thankful for today?
  • What are some prayers you have seen God answer?

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