What Amazon.com Taught Me About Prayer

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This week’s winner of the $50 Amazon Giveaway was used by Him to remind me of a crucial spiritual discipline I can at times neglect.

But first, I need to let you in on a little secret…

  • I prayed before the winner was randomly drawn.
  • I prayed that the person whom God saw fit to most need this giftcard would win.
  • I prayed that God’s name would be praised by the winner who would receive this gift.

Why am I still always so surprised when God answers prayer?!

I emailed the winner breathlessly to break the news, and was blown away when I received the following response:

This is a real blessing to me because my husband is currently unemployed, and I am a stay-at-home mom.  I paid bills yesterday and realized that I did not have any extra money to buy the three remaining Christmas gifts on my list.  This gift card will cover them.

Why prayer is dangerous

A.W. Pink is one of my favourite authors. In one of his books, A Guide to Fervent Prayer, he shares this profound truth:

The prevailing idea seems to be, that I come to God and ask Him for something that I want, and that I expect Him to give me that which I have asked.

But this is a most dishonouring and degrading conception. The popular belief reduces God to a servant, our servant: doing our bidding, performing our pleasure, granting our desires.

No.

Prayer is a coming to God, telling Him my need, committing my way unto the Lord, and leaving Him to deal with it as seems Him best.

Why should you pray (if God already knows all things anyway)?

You shouldn’t pray:

–       To get your way,

–       To gain what you want

–       To change God’s mind

Pray for one reason only: That God may receive GLORY when He answers your prayer! (If you’re on Twitter, click here to tweet that)

To grasp this simple truth can have a profound affect on your life, your marriage, and your parenting.

When you misplace your car keys, PRAY, so that when God leads you to find them, all can acknowledge that He answers prayer.

When your heart desires a close friend to confide in, PRAY, so that when God provides one, He receives all glory.

When one of your children is struggling with an issue, PRAY, so that when God helps her to overcome it, God will be glorified!

I often pray out loud so that others will hear my prayer and recognise God’s faithfulness when He answers, resulting in Him being glorified.

What kind of pray-er should you be?

Prayer is not so much an act as it is an attitude – an attitude of dependency, dependency upon God.  A. W. Pink

God will not answer every prayer the way that you think He will (or should), but He will already be receiving the glory due His Name just because you are expressing your dependence upon Him.

Become a habitual pray-er, to bring God continual glory!

Pray without ceasing – 1 Thessalonians 5:17

And that, my dear friend, is how God used Amazon.com to teach me about prayer! :-)

What is one reason that you struggle to pray? What attitude or thought would help you to pray more often?

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19 Responses to What Amazon.com Taught Me About Prayer

  1. Wow, what an amazing story. It makes me happy that I didn’t get the card now :)
    I’ll have to check out that Pink book, it looks fantastic. Prayer is something I feel like I’m just scratching the surface on.

    • womenabiding says:

      Cool that you could rejoice for not winning the giveaway :-)… Prayer is indeed a mystery in many ways. There have been so many books written on the subject. A.W. Pink does a good job on his. I am a fan of all his writing. Deep, man! God bless you as always…

  2. Jennifer says:

    How beautiful that you were able to so quickly see such a sweet answer to prayers to our Awesome God who knows our every need. Thanks for linking up at Scripture & a Snapshot.

  3. Colleen says:

    What a great story. I find myself wondering why I’m so often surprised that my prayers are answered as well. Strange. Was I not praying because I believe God can handle the issue? LOL!

    In any case, I think the thing that keeps me from praying more is just habit. I have created a habit of praying in my time set aside for that. And I pray thanks when something good happens. But it just doesn’t jump to mind mid-thought or issue.

    I will practice noticing the moments when pray can help, though. And they are many!

    Great post.

  4. Helene says:

    I suppose I had never considered the way that our witness to the answer God gives to our prayers might be in part the purpose of them. Thanks.

  5. Kathy says:

    That is so cool! Amazing how God DOES answer prayers. I’d love to have you link this us to Titus 2 Tuesday this week on Cornerstone Confessions.. I hope to see you there.

    Kathy

  6. This is a beautiful post and so true. I love praying. God is good and he hears up. I don’t pray for things, but for guidance and help for others and myself (especially regarding faith). I loved reading this today.

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  7. Lori Hatcher says:

    One of the most valuable things I’ve learned about prayer lately is that prayer isn’t persuading God to come on over to my side. Instead, it’s submitting my will to his. Ultimately, it’s me coming over to his side. And his side is ALWAYS best — good, kind, wise, right, gracious, long term, satisfying, faith-building. . . . I could go on and on. Thanks for sparking these thoughts. I’m visiting from Be Not Weary today :)

  8. 'Becca says:

    Praise God for seeing that your gift filled someone’s need!

    Several years ago, I read that because Advent is the season of waiting, one way to observe Advent is to pray whenever you find yourself waiting. I have tried to remember this since, and when I do remember to do it, it’s amazing how it makes that waiting time feel peaceful and useful! If I don’t have anything on my mind to pray for, I will just look around me and give thanks for the good things and pray for each person I see, that God will fulfill his/her needs and work in his/her heart.

    It’s especially helpful when ordering online, if pages are loading more slowly than you’d like–how lucky you are to have this prayer opportunity injected into your hectic holiday preparations! :-)

  9. kristin says:

    Hello :D I found you through the link up on Fancy Little Things. This post was really encouraging for me. Prayer does change things. Happy Wednesday Xo

  10. Judith says:

    I have read this post twice and been doubly blessed. I just copied down all your quotes on prayer. You have encouraged my heart and I thank you. Thank you so much for linking this up over at WholeHearted Home this week. I hope others are encouraged through reading it.

  11. I pray every morning and every evening, but I do so more as my way to praise God in my daily life. What I don’t do too often is pray to God to help through various things I face. I don’t pray to go God to help me get to the park quickly and safely, I don’t pray for my kids to have a good day at school on a daily basis. But I should pray to God because it praises his judgment and love. And ultimately, God will respond to prayers how he deems fit for the occasion. It’s important for us to remember that God will not answer all of our prayers the way we want. But he will respond in the best way. Knowing that he will always provide what is best for you, allows a sense of peace.

    • womenabiding says:

      I agree with you Ellen! Everything that God allows into our lives are for our good and His glory. It is a privilege to come before our King with confidence that He hears us when we pray. May He bless you as you abide in Him!

  12. Janis Cox says:

    Hi,
    Great to meet you. I write a blog at Under the Cover of Prayer. I would love to repost this – (not entirely but with a link back to your site).
    I am following you on Inspire me Monday.
    Blessings,
    Janis

  13. Bekah says:

    Thanks for this – it’s so hard to get through my thick skull that prayer is never about me or what I want or even think I need. I always think I know what’s best and need to remember it is about HIS glory. At the same time, I love the truth behind what you said – after all this, we are still surprised when He answers us. We are some silly sheep.

    Found you via GFC linkup. :)

  14. It’s really sweet when God lets us see answers like this so clearly. : )

  15. KC says:

    That is such a nice story. I’m happy to hear that the your winner was someone who really deserves it. It’s a difficult time and everyone’s saving money. I’m also happy to hear that you have taken your time to pray. Even though other people are abusing it to, yes, get their way, I still know that they are other people, like you, who prays for other people and to let God’s will be done.

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