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More Thoughts on Prayer

A COOPERATIVE EFFORT WITH GOD

I've often held the theory that the angels test us by pointing the way towards something and then placing obstacles in our path.  This sounds contradictory, but there's a reason for it.  They're watching to see how we react to those obstacles.  Do we overcome them as they appear and continue on towards our goal?  Or do we give up after one or two failures?  The angels look for stuff like this!  They want to see how much you want to reach your goal, how sincere you are, how badly you desire it.  By the same token, if the angels don't feel something is right for you, even if it's something you want, they will shout rather than whisper.

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f your car breaks down on the way to an important job interview, that could be a test of the angels.  How badly do you want this job?  Do you give up in disgust, or do you arrange for your car to be repaired and then take public transportation to the interview site?  On the other hand, if the auto club takes three hours to get to you and your broken-down vehicle, and then the taxi driver loses his way, and after all this you arrive at your destination only to find that somebody else was already hired to fill the position (even though you'd called them from your cell phone!), then you were obviously not meant to get that job.  Now, understand the distinction--you weren't supposed to get
THAT job.  It doesn't mean you're not supposed to get A
job!

How often have you heard people say things like, "It was amazing.  I hated my job but didn't want to leave until I could line up another one, but I wasn't having any luck finding anything.  Then I ran into an old classmate of mine whom I hadn't seen since graduation, and it turns out he's vice president of XYZ company!  I just handed in my two weeks notice.  Isn't that the wildest coincidence?"

Coincidence is just God's way of remaining anonymous.

If we pray to God and continue to work hard towards our goals, the rewards will come.  They will come in God's time, not ours.  But they will come.  Just be patient.  Keep the destination in your sights, but enjoy the journey as well.  God has a lot on His plate.  But He shows us His grace daily.  Every time I see a newborn baby, I'm reassured of the miracles God works in our lives, every single day.

God never abandons us.  He is always with us, looking over our shoulders, lending support and comfort during the trying times.  He is all around us and inside us as well.  He surrounds us, enveloping us like a glove.  Just look over your shoulder and He is there!

But He gave us free will for a reason.  We are supposed to look out for one another.  And we are supposed to help God along in making our dreams come true.  This is because every extraordinary thing that happens in your lifetime is the result of a cooperative effort between you and God!  It isn't all up to Him.  Like the two boats and the helicopter mentioned at the beginning of this section, God will often help you by pointing you in the direction of something, or bringing help to you, or sending in other people to do His work.  Although God has His hands on everything, He often works His miracles by proxy.

There are many people who believe that it is a sin to go to a doctor, no matter how sick they become.  Such people, if they are parents, do not take their sick children to a doctor either.  Instead, they pray fervently to God that their gravely ill children be healed.  Yes, prayer helps.  God hears your words.  But in this case, prayer helps
in conjunction with the parents' efforts. The angels are watching!  Do you love your child and want to see him pull through?  Of course you do!  Then prove it by taking the child to a doctor so that he can receive the help he needs.  God will work his miracles through a third party, an instrument, in this case a doctor.  That is how God does his work.  This is why doctors exist!  God wants us to help one another and to take care of each other for Him.  If it was just meant to be us and God, children wouldn't have parents; they wouldn't need any!

No matter what Name you know Him by, be aware of the Lord's presence in your life.  Respect Him.  Speak to Him daily via prayer, but show you are sincere by substantiating your words with deeds.  Words without actions are meaningless, even words spoken in prayer.  Remember, you and God together can make a difference!

INTRODUCING ... the one, the only, the incomparable ... JESUS!!!
(***applause***)

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