When You Pray ... Be Specific!
I remember at hearing about the death of Princess Diana, I
immediately called my daughter in Florida to tell her. I received the expected
gasp, astonishment and words of dismay from her, but then she said something
that has never left me.
She quietly said, "Well, I guess she got what she wanted."
"What in the world are you talking about?" I asked her in
"Well," responded my daughter, "she said after her divorce that
she always wanted to be the people's princess. And if she had married Dodi Al
Fayed, the people would have most likely turned against her or just forgotten
her. At the very least, they wouldn't consider her their princess any more. You
have to be careful what you ask for in this life!"
After we hung up the phone, I seriously thought about my very
comments. She had publicly made that statement. And, though Dodi Al Fayed seemed
to be a good person and well liked, her marriage to him would have raised all
types of negative press stories if for no other reason than just because he
wasn't a peer of the realm and she was the mother of their future king. She most probably would have lost her status as the
Since then, I have tried to be very careful on how I phrase
petitions and intercessions in my prayers; but I now realize it isn't just pray
requests He answers.
For instance, for years I wanted my own business. I didn't pray
for it, but it was my focus and almost constant thought pattern. I probably
didn't really want my own business, since I'm not a risk taker. I did wish to
stop working for corporations; however, because of how most began treating their
employees about 10 years ago downsizing to improve the bottom line, doubling
the work of those who remained, abusive managers, paying less salaries and
benefits, etc while upper management were taking home six-figure salaries. Well, the Lord decided to answer my not-prayed-for request. I was
thrown into a situation where I couldn't work outside the home, and I had to
develop my own Internet business almost overnight. I wouldn't have minded if I
had been prepared for it, but I guess God got tired of hearing my thoughts on
the subject and me not doing anything about it. It's still a struggling
situation, but God is right here with me each and everyday. Of course, He has to
be I made Him my CEO. (That'll teach Him!)
Seriously, listen to the words you use when you pray. Listen to
the words you are using over and over on a daily basis, especially about
What you pay attention to is what God will give you
but not necessarily how you expect it!
Diana is still the people's princess!
Learn to be more specific ... think and clarify those
by Patricia Hawke
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