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Sometimes its just a matter of knowing what to pray

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Very simply put, God doesn't help those who are selfish and not willing to help themselves.  When you were praying for him to give you the job, what you were effectively saying is "give me something". However when you prayed for him to give you a connection, you were saying "please, allow me a chance"... Two very different requests if you think about it.  I've noticed a similar trend throughout my life as well.  If i ask for something directly, or a specific thing, i almost never receive it.  However, if i ask for the opportunity or chance to get it myself through work, perseverance, or other industrious means, i typically have an outpouring of blessings that i never expected, many of which aren't even directly related to what i was asking for help with... Point in case: while i was in basic training, i was REALLY worried about the last major event we had to do called FTX. it's a week in the field with an extreme amount of ruckmarching, sleep deprivation, food deprivation, and missions.  the last ruckmarch is at least 18 miles (ours wound up being 27 miles long). I'd been plagued with ankle/feet injuries and a left knee injury throughout basic that made long ruckmarches (marches with a 50# rucksack on our backs, along with 30# body armor and an 11.6# weapon) nearly impossible.  about one quarter through the march, my knee started to buckle and give out on me, so i started praying for God to get me through the march... The knee just kept getting worse. I managed to brute force my way through half of the march (with missions along the way, in very hilly terrain)when my ankles started to roll a lot as well (similar to sprains).  At this point, instead of praying for him to get me through it, i prayed that he walk beside me through the march and give me the strength of will (mind, body, and soul) to persevere, not give up, and make it through to Honor Hill...  14 miles and 8 hours later, my entire platoon arrived at Honor Hill... The other three platoons had at least 2 people EACH who did NOT finish the FTX (which results in a restart for those who didn't)... It's all in how you word your prayer, and how much motivation you have to help yourself.  God loves to help us and give us what we ask for, but we have to earn it.  Good post and thought provoking topic ekika


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