Stop Praying and Take a Look Around You


Have you been praying for something for a while? Stop for a moment and look around in your life. Don’t look for what you want to happen but what He might have put in your life that answers the prayer.

When we focus on what we want we’re more likely to find it. That’s our reticular activating system at work. At the same time, however, by focusing on what we want we tend to miss the things we aren’t looking for.

When it comes to opportunities, we often miss them because we’re too focused on what we want instead of what we might need.

Think outside the box. Prayers are often answered with the “means” we need rather than the “end” we desire.

In the movie Evan Almighty, there’s a scene in which God (playing a waiter) talks with Evan’s wife. He tells her;

“If someone prays for patience, do you think God gives them patience or do you think God gives them the opportunity to be patient? If they pray for courage does God give them courage or do you think God gives them the opportunity to be courageous? If someone prayed for their family to be closer, do you think God zaps them with warm fuzzy feelings or does he give them opportunities to love each other?”

It’s one of them best motivational scenes on film, in my humble opinion. Here’s what it illustrates for me:

Stop praying for a moment and look around for your reply. God has already provided you with everything you need to achieve greatness. You just have to see it and put it to use.


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