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Unexpected Blessings

Read Luke 11:1-10 - prayer

So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Mark 11:24 (NRSV)

Milton Looney, from Alabama, was raised in a Christian home and his early Christian education taught him the power of prayer. These lessons have stuck with me, and he has adopted different prayer habits through the years.

Unfortunately, he sometimes pray more for things than he prays "thank you." Early in his career he prayed for a promotion that he felt qualified for and expected to receive. He did not get the job. He left that organization to seek other employment, and, for a period of time, his thoughts would often wander back to that job, wondering why his prayer had not been answered.

Years later, Milton is now retired from a career that brought him enjoyment, economic security, opportunities to contribute to society, professional credentials, and friendships with people that he would never have known had his original prayer request been granted. He is in awe now to know that God always gives us blessings, even when it sometimes comes in the form of God's saying no.

Prayer: Loving God, thank you for blessing us much more than we deserve. Help us to recognize all the ways that you answer our prayers, especially when you answer in ways we do not hope for or expect, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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