Wednesday, January 02, 2008

What do you pray for?


With the beginning of a new year, many people use the opportunity to make a fresh start: setting new goals, making resolutions, prayerfully considering what God might have for them in the 366 days that will make up the year 2008 (remember -- it's a leap year!)

As I was praying about my desires concerning this new year, I read a quote by a Christian Indian medical student, Michael Job, who was killed in June of 1999 because of his father's evangelistic activities. It really made me stop and think: what do I truly desire? And am I praying towards that end?


"I asked for strength --
and God gave me difficulties to make me strong.

I asked for wisdom --
and God gave me problems to solve.

I asked for prosperity --
and God gave me brain and brawn to work.

I asked for courage --
and God gave me dangers to overcome.

I asked for love --
and God gave me opportunities.

I received nothing I wanted --
I receieved everything I needed.

My prayer has been answered."

25 comments:

Andrea said...

That was so timely! I've been thinking of that very prayer lately - or at least one similar to it! God's ways and answers are so much different than what we would initially want, but they are always the ways that will be most effective.

Blessings!

esther said...

Happy New Year! I am in Montana now- we went to Washington shortly after the new year began. I hope you have a great new year- full of blessings.
Love you!

Sara N. Smith said...

Certainly makes one think what they're praying for. It reminds me of a saying that Chambers made: when we ask God to bless us....sometimes we ask for blasting. For God must blast out that which He cannot bless.

Andrea said...

P.S. Forgot to mention - that is such a sweet picture of you! More of Hannah's work? :-) ((Hugs!))

Christina said...

Thank you Bethany! Just last night I was reading in James and prayed for wisdom...I find that I so quickly forget during difficulties that they may actually be good for me! No one really learns anything without uses it.

Christina

Bethany said...

Hey Andrea --

The picture is actually some of Elizabeth's work! The camera gets passed around every once in a while... :)

(((hugs))) back to you!

Anonymous said...

Wow! That was exactly what I needed to hear! Especially that "I asked for strength--and God gave me difficulties to make me strong." What a joy to know that in our weaknesses He is strong! God is Good!
Beautiful picture too!

BrittLeigh said...

wow, what a beautiful post. The Lord truly knows what we need better than what we think we need ourselves... And He sure does a good job at fulfilling the desires of our hearts.

I love that picture of you... you are so gorgeous! ;) Elizabeth is certainly talented in her photography as well ;).

Thanks so much for the encouragement today! And hopefully we shall see each other soon! (((HUGS)))

KarenW said...

Thank-you so much for that quote. I had never heard it before. I was reading in 2 Kings today and was reading about Solomon's request.
So true.
God bless you!

Goldfish said...

I absolutely love that picture!! :)

The Chmelars said...

thanks girl...just what i needed!
love ya!
nic

The Bontrager Family Singers said...

Yes, thank you Bethany. Sometimes we don't know what we need...God always does, though.
Good job on the picture, Elizabeth!!
Love,
Allison

Hillary Hipps said...

I have found that quote to be so true this past year; way to true...

Sister of the Bride said...

Happy New Year, Bethany! I really enjoy your beautiful pictures. Some friends gave us a CD of your family this Christmas and we've really enjoyed it. I hope your Christmas was lovely and your New Year is spectacular! ~ Rebecca

Stephanie said...

That is an absolutely beautiful picture. May God grant the requests of your prayers.

Molly said...

I never comment your blog, but I love reading it! I just wanted to let you know that I loved that quote. It is so true. I've heard it said, "Be careful what you pray for. And never pray for patience, because God will put situations in your life to make you patient!" Haha. Well thank you!

shuttersbuddy said...

So true.....

Anonymous said...

That picture is just beautiful!!!!

Morgan

Gem said...

What an inspiring post! It's food for thoughts! Thank you!

abi said...

That is a powerful perspective! Way too often I'll pray for a specific thing, and then miss the very opportunity He sends to accomplish it. Thank you for spreading around the blessing. Beautiful picture...love the whole post...as well as you! :)

Melanie said...

I really appreciate your thoughts Bethany!

And is that a Lake Itasca Family Music Festival shirt that I see you wearing? It's very cute on you!

miss--me said...

Wow! Really makes you think!
And I love the picture of you it's very sweet! *hugs*

Rachel said...

Thank you for posting that...it was very good! :-)

Bethany said...

Melanie -- yes, it is a Lake Itasca t-shirt. Such fun memories!! Love you!

Anonymous said...

So true!