Tuesday, December 29, 2009

My friend, Barbara from rubber stamp club sent me this today and I surely thought about it all day:
"Our Pastor asked us a rhetorical question about our prayers during last Wednesday's Bible Study that really got me thinking. He asked us were we selfish in our prayers ... do we only pray for ourselves (it's me, it's me, it's me, oh Lord, standing in the need of prayer) or do we also pray for others? Ouch! I had to admit to myself that I normally pray selfishly, and I agree that is not the behavior Jesus modeled for us and taught us (Matthew 6:9-13). Prayer is a powerful tool the Lord has bestowed upon His Children. Are we using all the tools/talents He has given us to be about His business? Lord Jesus, please forgive us of our short-sightedness and continue to shine Your favor upon us all"
My Father Knows Lyrics Performed by- Walt Whitman & The Soul Children of Chicago Written by- Maurice Carter & Aaron Lindsey
Verse 1:
Looking back over my life,I've seen His promises are true.
I've never been forsaken,He's always seen me through.
This hope that I have within meis knowing that He's always there.
Healing all my heartaches and calming all my fears;my Father knows,
My Father knows every heartache.
My Father knows every joy.
Oh yes, He knows every moment of my life.
I have nothing to fear, my Father knows,cause He's with me.
Oh yes, He knows every pain that I feel.
One thing I know, my Father knows.
Verse 2:
I've seen strugles all around me,and my heart is filled with peace.
My father walks beside me and I feel such a sweet reliefknowing His hand is holding my life.
And He helps me when I fall,He inclines His ears to hear me every time I call.


  1. Yes, thinking about it I guess I do pray selfishly!! I am going to try to correct that....
    Happy New Year!

  2. You know, this is probably the one area of my life where I find it hard to focus on myself. When I am sleepless, I pray for friends. When I am ill, I pray for friends and those in need, larger issues, etc. When I was in the hospital I was praying for others who were ill and a friend in hard times.
    I have, and I'm not saying this in a pat-my-back manner, a very hard time praying for myself. I don't know why.......
    So there is a question to present the Pastor; why should it be hard for me to pray for myself, especially of late?


  3. Anne I am with you...I think I do pray for others more than myself. I think (remember I said "think") it's because I feel secure in knowing that God knows all about me and knows what's wrong with in my life...so I pray for others because that is when I am most burdened. But, MAYBE, I feel selfish when I talk about myself to Him...I dunno ...that's what I mean when I said I've been thinking about this email I received all day. It definitely makes one think.

  4. Honestly, I usually pray for everyone but myself. He & I talk all day long so I don't worry about asking for myself since He knows where I am & what is going on at the moment.

    Great post ...

    I'll be in & out of communication over the next few weeks.

    May your New Year be blessed & joyful ... TTFN ~ Marydon

  5. Janet, I think you're right. I feel the connection is strong for *me*, with the exception of a few moments of great grief or fear, and I always feel like God knows what I'm up to....YIKES.....so maybe that is why my prayer usually goes outwards. I do, however, express grattitude for what I have received, so if that counts as prayer about *me* then there is a goodly amount of that.
    It's odd how this brings up all the different aspects of what prayer *is* too....!