Thoughts on life from Pat Oaks
I met with a friend before church on Sunday to pray. We met at 9:30 and when we finally wound down, I looked at my watch and a whole hour had passed. The same thing happened Sunday night. Our church meets for prayer at 6:00 on Sunday night. Before I knew it an hour had passed there as well.
Once a month we have prayer day at camp. We meet at 10 in the morning and prayer until around 2 or 3 in the afternoon. The time just seems to fly!
All of a sudden, I am noticing prayers being answered! Each day it seems that something I have prayed for whether in a group situation or by myself, has been answered. What is even more amazing is that I have been saying "oh that's great that such and such isn't going to happen now, or that such and such is going to happen. I also think, that's great that the scare you had going to the hospital was not what you thought it was going to be. Then it hit me. God had answered my prayers. Not just one prayer, but something every day was happening that I had specifically asked for. And you know what? All I had said was "that's great that that happened." I didn't say thank you, Lord. I didn't say, you are amazing, Lord. I didn't say I don't deserve your goodness to me, Lord.
If someone does something nice for you, what is the first thing out of your mouth? Of course.....it's THANK YOU!
I am ashamed. I want to become a person of prayer. More and more I want to give my concerns and my thoughts to the only one who has the answers. But even more than that, I want to be quicker to say Thank you! I wonder sometimes if I truly "get it." The God of the universe, has told me to ask and He will hear and answer. How can I take this lightly? How can I not say Thank you?
My prayer now is that I will be more thankful and quick to say thank you to my creator, my savior, my friend.