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  • But you, when you pray, enter into your inner room, and having shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. In praying, don't use vain repetitions, as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their much speaking. Matthew 6:6 WEB

    My friend had no idea that the answer to his prayer was waiting for him just inside of the church door. I went to seminary with this brother who was praying for a wife. One night he poured out his heart to God and he prayed:

    'Lord I'm lonely, I just want someone to hug me, to kiss me, to tell me that they love me.'

    When he went to church that Sunday, the big hairy pastor met him at the door and hugged him, kissed him on the cheek, and told him that he loved him. My friend told me later that at that moment he thought: 'I need to be more specific in my prayers.'

    The Lord had given him exactly what he had prayed for, but it was not delivered in the package that he had envisioned. He adjusted his prayers to include a wife, and soon a lovely young woman joined that church. They hit it right off and today they are married. His prayers were answered, both of them.

    When you pray, tell the Lord exactly what you mean and be specific. It is a personal relationship that we have with Him. Don't assume that He already knows it, and because of that it will happen. God knows everything, but everything doesn't happen. You have a part in this, and you actually need to pray the words. That is why it is called praying. James said that we have not, because we ask not.

    Many times I have prayed something very specific and saw God go even beyond the details in my prayer. Your prayers don't scare Him, for He is not just creative, He is the Creator. Yes He knows our needs before we ask Him, but I still saw the brother in this story being kissed by the pastor.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for hearing my prayers, and I am going to be more specific. Please build my faith and teach me what I need to know, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Yes, God does have sense of humor!!!
May 19, 2019
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen 

May 19, 2019
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen

May 19, 2019
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Funny story. God you know I’ve asked you help my Grandchildren. Jobs and school. Open doors for them give them and me confidence. Thank you God.  Amen

May 19, 2019
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Praying is fundamental in developing a relationship with God!

May 19, 2019
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen and Amen!!

May 19, 2019
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!

May 19, 2019
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for hearing my prayers, and I am going to be more specific. Please build my faith and teach me what I need to know, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen ~ Thank you

May 19, 2019
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen

May 19, 2019
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

HaHa! Thats a good one about the hairy Pastor, God does have a sense of Humor! :) This was a great devotional Pastor Dion, Reminded me we must be specific when we pray! Amen

May 19, 2019
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Happy Sunday

May 19, 2019
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Dear Father, I know that sometimes I am not specific about my prayers. Because You are the Creator You know ahead of time what I need, help us to be clear on our thoughts and follow Your designs. Lead us to be what as our Father You want us to be,in Jesus name I pray. Amen. 

Great devotional, God bless you Pastor. Blessed Sunday everyone. 

May 19, 2019
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

I'd say God has a delighful sense of humor!

May 19, 2019
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

May 19, 2019
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen 

May 19, 2019
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen!

May 19, 2019
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen

 

May 20, 2019
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Thank you for this devotion today. That is very true and a great reminder that we need to pray more specifically.

May 20, 2019
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Yes, why I think sometimes that praying our heart into words might be what He already knows is not maybe what to say in prayer.  My brother, friend, one who is the Alpha   Omega..knows beginning & end surely would know everything!  Or being my brother & friend making a personal closer sounding relationship would definitely want to hear my heart's cares.  A personal room alone with God I once had ...I called my God Room where all I read & worship music was a blessing!  I do this now in kitchen & generally a time comes if early morning & late evening with no interruptions.  Sweet & bitter it can be sometimes. But know my heart is even more challenged when illnes gets in middle & look with God when & where to see a time is in the Holy Spirirt's power to bring about.

May 21, 2019