Monday's Learning Dose .....17th January 2011

   Learning to Pray the Right Prayer!   

"You do not have, because you do not ask God.
When you ask [pray], you do not receive, because you
ask with wrong motives." - James 4:2-3 (NIV).

Some time ago I took a psychological test that, among
other things, measured how much I was in touch with my
major emotions of love, wonder, guilt and fear. On a
scale of 0 to 100 any score below 30 was considered

On fear I scored 5 !

This concerned me because I knew that repressed fear could
cause me to act out blindly by setting myself up to fail
at work or in relationships. I didn't want to do that so
I prayed earnestly that God would deliver me from my buried
fear. However, I realized I was praying the wrong prayer.
I was focusing on praying for deliverance from the symptom
rather than from the cause, so I changed my prayer to:
"Dear God, my real prayer is that I don't want to face that
fear. I'm too afraid. That's why I buried it. Please give me
the courage to face and deal with the real cause/s of
my fear/s."

The point I'm making is that we need to learn to be honest
in our praying. For example, if I can't stand my neighbor
and, wanting to impress God, piously ask him to bless my
neighbor while in my heart I despise my neighbor, which
prayer does God hear? He hears what my heart is saying.
Only as I admit this can God help me to love my neighbor
and bless him through me.

How can you tell if you have any buried fears? Look at any
symptoms in your life. Do you have a pattern of failure at
work or in relationships? Any phobias? Any floating
anxieties that you have no idea where they are coming
from? Any physical ills such as ulcers or any addictions
that you may be using to avoid facing something you have

And how do we overcome such fears? I don't know any easy
solution but for me it began with a genuine desire to
overcome them. Next, I needed to accept full responsibility
for resolving my fears and stop blaming anyone else for them.
Above all, I needed to ask God to help me to be honest with
myself, to give me the courage to face my fears, and to lead
me to the help I needed to overcome them.

Prayer: "Almighty and Everlasting Father in Heaven, please
give me the insight and courage to see and deal with any
repressed or hidden fears in my life, and lead me to the help
I need to overcome the causes of these. Thank you for hearing
and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name
I Pray, Amen."

Have a Blessed Monday and God Bless you.
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team