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Have you Prayed as Much as You”ve Talked?

March 29th, 2012 by julierossman

Have You Prayed As Much As You’ve Talked?

By Guest Blogger Karen Magee

Note: Karen is a member of the MPLC Writer’s Group that meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

 

My birthday came in December, and everything went downhill after that, it seemed.  Along came aches, pains, and maladies that I had never experienced before.  They were nothing life-threatening, and I knew that in time they would subside, but they were nonetheless inconvenient and unwelcome stressors in my life.  However, these aches, pains, and maladies gave me the opportunity to do what I do best–complain.  So complain I did. . . to anyone who would listen.  Woe to the unsuspecting victim who unwittingly asked, “How are you?”  I seemed to feel that I would get better faster if I talked about it all, and I have never been one to suffer in silence.

Then one day, quite by accident, I came across a post on Facebook that asked, “Have you prayed about it as much as you’ve talked about it?”  That truly brought me up short, because in all honesty I had to answer, “No.”  It was time to change my tune.  Wouldn’t talking to God about my issues be far more productive than burdening my friends?  So every time I complained after that I also made a conscious effort to pray as well.  I didn’t magically get better instantly, but I felt calmer and more accepting of what was happening in my life, as well as more assured that things would improve.

Now, when I find myself talking about problems that arise, I also find myself offering a short prayer about them. And the best news here is, it works!

“Dear Lord, help us to remember always that you are here for us, and that you are willing to share our burdens, hurts, and cares.  Help us to pray about it more than we talk about it.  Amen.”

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