Prayers, Have you Ignored the Answer?

Prayers

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us”- 1 John 5:14

It’s 7:30 am and sitting on the floor of my living room.  Completing my prayers and meditation for the day . This was nothing out of the ordinary, until a clear thought crossed my mind. I had been starting my day in prayer and meditation for weeks now, but today it felt different. Today, for the first time, I could feel and see how the Lord had answered my prayer request. He had delivered on his promise exactly two weeks ago, but why did it take me so long to figure it out and to be grateful for it?

My question solved itself as I sat quietly on the floor, listening to my inner voice. Not realizing my prayers were answered. I had became obsessed with my future plans. In several of my post, I have talked about staying in the present moment. I believe that I have done a great job with that, but what I was forgetting to do was appreciate. I forgot how to understand the moment that I was in.

Last year, when I was teaching full-time. I would beg the Lord through prayer to release me from the stress of my demanding daily schedule. I would wake up every day and feel rushed.  Stressing to get the kids ready for school, rushing to get to work on time, rushing to get through the day to complete tasks at home. Tired was an understatement. During this time, my prayer and daily devotionals occurred as I brushed my teeth, in the car as I dodged through traffic to get to work, in my classroom as I prepped for my students to arrive.

Daily for the entire school year, I fervently prayed that I would get the opportunity to wake up and enjoy moving at my own pace. Asking God to allow me the time to wake my children up in a calm manner, rather than running through their rooms, hollering “Get up, get up! We are going to be late.” When I prayed these daily request, I didn’t know how they would manifest. I just knew that I wanted a change. I wanted to take back control of my life that I felt was moving along smoothly on the surface. However, it was causing unnecessary stress within myself.

I sometimes would blame myself for the feelings I was having.  Maybe too organized, or  too focused on routine was the problem. When I tried to have a more relaxed approach to my day, I felt better, but my obligations were still there. I could be as relaxed as I wanted to, but I still had to be at work on time. All of my obligations still remained. I battled the stress with a more relaxed approach. Although, the feeling of not being settled was always lingering under the surface. So, I continued to pray for relief from my hectic schedule.

Consequently, sitting on my living floor, with no underlying stress. I realized that it was 7:30 am and I was doing what I planned for the day. Last year, I would be running around with my head cut off, trying to make it to a destination that would place me on someone else’s agenda. Today, as I sat calmly listening, I understood what the Lord was showing me. He was answering  my prayers. However,  I got caught  in needing new prayers answered. I didn’t appreciate or understand what was already done.

How many times has an answered prayer been overlooked  because the next steps in life seemed more important to you? So, caught up in not appreciating where you are, that you ignore what the Lord has given you.  I focused too much on my next steps in  life. This focused drowned out what was happening right now. I was showing gratitude for things occurring in my life, but I wasn’t experiencing them fully like I should.

Slowing down a daily life schedule is imperative. Especially, when the goal in life is to  reach a place that is gracious and filled with appreciation. This is the only way to receive  even more abundance in life.

An easy way to keep track of answered prayers is to write them down. Keep a journal where you write down even the smallest answered prayer. Write down what lessons you have learned on your path toward a better, more spirit filled life. This journaling or listing technique can help  when  needing a boost of inspiration or guidance. It’s a living record of how great the Lord works. Even when you might feel like he is not listening or answering your request.

 

As always, I thank you for reading and I hope that my words give you encouragement to live your best life filled with love, gratitude, and prosperity.

 

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