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Struggling with wanting your own way all the time?


I believe most people's prayers are simply directed along the lines of how they want things to go. Prayers of total surrender aren't easy to come by. There are some things we don't need to pray about, because they are already spelled out in the Bible.  Other things aren't clearly stated and we have to seek the Lord as to His will.

What about the things we're not so sure about?

I've come to believe this.  True faith is letting God make the decision. Faith is not really faith if we just insist on having our own way in prayer and sound like a broken record telling God what we want rather than surrendering to what He wants.

True faith is believing that God will do what is best for me.

True faith is holding on to His promises, knowing that even if He makes the decision in a direction that is hard for me, I know He will see me through.

True faith is trusting God to make the decision, knowing He will strengthen, uphold and even carry me at times.

There are times that the things I juggle are so overwhelming I don't know that I'm going to do or how God is going to solve things. True faith is trusting Him to lead, guide, protect, heal, and intervene the way He sees fit.

True faith isn't believing that I'll get my way. It's trusting in the fact that He is good and will act on my behalf in just the way I need at the time.

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