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Answered Prayers

“Pray continually...” — 1 Thessalonians 5:17

As I was walking out the door my cell phone rang. I answered to hear my sons’s voice at the other end. “ Mom, I just heard from them and I got the job!” A feeling of relief and elation shot through me in a split second.

We had been praying for months to hear a message like that. I rehearsed those words so many times in my head, now my faith had manifested them to concrete being. It’s always so joyous to hear an answer to our prayers, especially an issue we have prayed about continually.

My son was job searching since last year. He was out of unemployment benefits, so it was  an absolute delight for that prayer for a job to come through to be answered.

Since the beginning of his job search, each day and month, we continued to pray for God to open a door. Sometimes, he was close to the door opening only to have it close. Sometimes when he applied for something it seemed like such a good fit, but God obviously had something else in mind.  We knew he couldn’t give us so we kept on praying.

God instructs us to stay consistent in prayer. It’s how we connect our faith with his power. Sometimes when the wait gets long and feelings of discouragement try to diminish our faith. The devil troubles our minds trying to make us believe nothing will ever change. That’s when constant, daily, prayer can give us hope and encouragement.

I ask God that whenever I pray the needs for myself or family to be met, he will bless any readers with that same need. As I pray for you and you pray for me, let’s keep asking no matter how long the battle has been.

Today we’ll stay in faith and ask once again.

Greg Hawn May 30, 2011 at 02:40 AM
I am disturbed by you including your religious beliefs masquerading as Opinion in a publication intended for a general audience who may hold beliefs different from yours. Is it in your mission statement to use Grayslake Patch as your personal platform to proselytize others? If so, I will stop reading it and no longer encourage others to go to your site.
Marcia Watts Sagendorph (Editor) May 30, 2011 at 04:09 AM
Thanks for your comment Greg. I apologize because I had neglected to remove my name from the opinion piece written by Annettee. It is her words and the article has been updated to reflect that.
Amanda May 31, 2011 at 04:10 PM
I thought the peice was beautiful and speaking about encourgement directly. I'm glad to have read it-Amanda Arjona
Delores Van Cartier June 01, 2011 at 03:20 PM
WOW is all I can say... the article is marginally "touching" but Christ Almighty(!) will people stop praying to God for their own selfish terrestrial pursuits??? This is the kind of BS that turns people like Mr. Hawn away from *ANY* form of spirituality... (pssst- ahem, it's NAUSEATING) just god awful :p
HM June 01, 2011 at 05:09 PM
Delores - (not your real name, for sure), you seem like a very unahappy person - how sad to sit in front of you computer and write disparaging comments on all you see. Do you see the joy in life? I think not - you have more fun poking holes in everyone elses' lives, don't you? No one is forcing you to read this or anything else on the patch - so if you find nothing that is good here, why not go elsewhere? Or do get your fullfillment by making sure you drag others down?
jen June 13, 2011 at 08:55 PM
Make no apologies. The author is a Christian writer, she states this clearly in her Bio. Yes she should be classified under OPINION, because it is her opinion. Nobody is making you read her articles. If you feel that you can't walk away with some knowledge from any article written by this author, not saying you have to share her beliefs, but an ounce of knowledge then don't read her columns it is that simple. To say I am being selfish for praying for me because I am a 39 year old, mother to 4 year old twins who was given ALS, that is wrong. I pray to make me mobile so I can care and provide for my family again and to take the stress from others that care for me 24/7. So don't tell anyone that they are selfish for saying a prayer for themselves, you don't know the reasons behind them.

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