My Prayer

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When I was young, I prayed for riches and luxury;
Now I pray to have what my family needs daily;

When I was young, I prayed for intelligence and beauty,
Now I pray for wisdom and health constantly;

When I was young, I prayed that my enemies be hit with sudden heavenly judgment,
Now I pray that they will not continue to hurt me through mutual enlightenment;

When I was young , I prayed to the Lord to take my life in difficult times,
Now I pray to the Lord to give me strength all the time;

When I was young, I prayed to the Lord for unending life in happy times,
Now I pray that my responsibilities and obligations are finished just in time; 

But most of all I pray that I serve my purpose for passing through this way,
That my life will have attained its full meaning and so I pray...


by: Teresa Martinez (adapio)



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My Say

As we mature and gain more understanding of life, we gain the ability to remove the focus of our prayers from ourselves and what we want.  Answered prayer is not merely about getting what we want but rather what will be good for us.  Sometimes, answers are not readily evident and would take time to reveal themselves and the wisdom they bring.

That said, I pray that God will give me the capacity to accept and understand the answers that I will get for my prayers



                                   

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30 comments

  1. I must admit that there are times that I just get carried away by mundane things. But once upon a time, in the not so distant past, I prayed as fervently. Somehow your prayer echoes my sentiments. You just put them into words. Let us not stop praying and giving thanks......

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  2. Our prayers echo our inner pleadings that seek comfort from God.

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  3. we pray because we find the need to communicate with God... this is our one way to seek comfort. :)

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  4. Yes Marvin, praying in its simplest form can provide quiet comfort.

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  5. I don't pray always - but when I do I felt so releaf :)

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  6. We don't always have to speak when we pray. We can do it in complete silence or in the middle of a crowd.

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  7. Prayer can be done anytime and anywhere. Pray like we talk to God and never curse others.

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  8. Prayer is such a great equalizer. It makes a difficult task bearable and knowing that someone there hears are plight unloads so much of our burden.

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  9. Beautiful prayer! I always pray the same thing! God lead us!

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  10. Yes, that is how it should be...

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  11. Amen to that as well, Gemma.

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  12. When we are young, we pray for things that don't really matter. And then, as we mature, we realize the things that matter aren't material at all.

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  13. Indeed, God answers prayers with a humble heart, selfless motive :)

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  14. I feel you. And in all honesty, my religious belief has changed through the years, but I still pray for the same matters you pray for now.

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  15. I'm kinda hit with that prayer especially when I was young. Now I simply pray for long life for me to see my family grow and flourish.

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  16. prayer in any form.. really relaxes one's mind and body.. it really is..

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  17. Yes, it indeed calms the nerve when all else fails.

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  18. Prayer is reaching out to the inner self, helping a person to achieve calmness in spite of chaos. Peace of mind follows.

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  19. Such a lovely prayer.. I can totally relate. When I was going through a lot of hardships back in my teenage years, I used to resort to poem writing to ease my troubles away.

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  20. very inspirational . . . even how busy we are, let us not forget to begin each day with a prayer

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  21. This is so true! When I was younger I used to pray for these things too~ And comparing it now, this is the same exact prayers I'm praying for~ Thanks for sharing. =)

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  22. prayer is truly powerful. it can be done anytime, anywhere by anyone.

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  23. Thanks for sharing your prayer. God Bless!

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  24. praying helps a lot in difficult or happy times. AMEN.

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  25. Amen! thanks for sharing this :)

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  26. This is beautiful! I used to pray for a lot of material things when I was younger, but like you, I now pray mostly for the Lord's guidance.

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  27. amen...I love you all your articles idol.

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