November 9

Praying for Miracles

November 9, 2016

Personal Growth

I have heard a great many prayers in my life, and spoken a few myself. I have noticed that we commonly pray for miracles:

“Let there be peace in the world instead of conflict.”
“Help my daughter, who is presently lost to alcohol, drugs, and sex.”
“Help my son to get out of prison.”

It would be more accurate to refer to these as requests for magic, rather than miracles, because miracles are what God supplies to make possible what we ourselves cannot, AFTER we have done all we can.

Prayers are far more productive and realistic when we pray for help with what WE can do before asking for divine intercession:

“Help me to be more aware of my selfishness, so I don’t inflict it on others.”
“Help me to establish a policy of zero anger toward those around me.”
“Thank you for my wife—with all her qualities—and thank you for not allowing me to change her to become more like I wanted her to be.”
“I want to be more aware of the many opportunities I have to love and teach my son.”
“Help me to be kind to my daughter all day.”
“Help me to be willing to put my full heart into my work, so that I can enjoy it, and so my employer will benefit from my efforts.”

Now consider the results of this last group of prayers.

If I pray to be loving toward my children and never to be angry, I will be more aware of loving choices, I’ll be more likely to be loving, and God’s help will be far more likely to make my own efforts successful in helping my children to feel loved. Such children tend not to use drugs or end up in jail.

If I pray to see my selfishness and never be angry, I am very likely to create a sense of peace immediately around me. If others do the same, we draw closer to world peace, which is the sum of the peace we all create in our own little spheres of influence.

Miracles happen. They’re quite real. But they follow my best efforts and my faith in divine, loving assistance.

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