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On Prayer

was thinking on the way to work today, and doing some praying. In amongst some other prayers, I randomly asked God for tough feet so they wouldn't pain me as I'm working on my feet 9-5. It occurred to me that if God is going to answer my prayer, then he's going to give me blisters!!

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:2-5

My feet are hurting more than usual at the end of the day today, so perhaps God is working on my prayer.

In related news, it strikes me how God answers prayer. He is really concerned about the smallest things; even the very hairs of your head are all numbered (Matt 10:30)
I've prayed for friends in the past, and it's only been recently that He's answered those prayers and some of my friends have come to know Him. Also, sometimes I'll pray for something very unimportant, and admitting to God that it's very trivial, and the only reason I'm bringing this to Him in prayer is because I know he has power over everything, and if He doesn't do anything about it then I won't be cut, but I might as well pray for it... and He answers it!

What a joy it is to pray to a God who listens and loves me and works everything out in his timing! Furthermore, I don't have to pretend to be anything else when praying, but can bring all things before Him!

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6

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I often pray that I'll catch the train on time in the morning. And often my prayer is answered.
I was walking past a $2 shop the other day and saw a Hindu god idol on the shop counter, and I thought how cool it is that our God isn't a block of wood, but instead is omnipresent and made the universe and us, as opposed to being made by humans and carved into a shape. It's coolness plus infinity.

I was in a hurry to make a meeting at 2 this afternoon and I didn't have time to find a long-term parking spot. My initial intention was to park quickly, rush up to the office to let them know I was here, and then rush back down and park my car elsewhere. However, I didn't get time to do the second phase of my plan. So I prayed hard that I wouldn't get a ticket. My meeting lasted for 1hr and 30mins. I parked in a 15min parking bay and I didn't get a ticket!! I was SO thankful!!

Awesome. And I got my train on time this morning and got a quiet carriage (which is just what I need in the wee early hour of 7:30 am).

Praise the Lord!

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