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Do you believe in prayer? Do you take the time to pray? If not, with absolutely no judgmental feelings in mind, I have to say that you are missing out! Praying is a wonderful experience, rewarding and I just think everyone should pray. Although, whether you pray or not is not my aim for this post. Do you know what prayer means exactly? The definition is pretty easy to understand. According to thefreedictionary.com a prayer is basically when a fervent request is made to God, to a god or another object of worship. The second part of the definition says that prayer is ”an act of communion with God, a god, or another object of worship, such as in devotion, confession, praise, or thanksgiving.” Now depending on where you come from (values you’ve been entrusted with , the denomination you grew in, etc.) the person who you address your prayer to will differ. I, for example, pray to God and this is simply related to where I come from, the values my family entrusted me with but mostly because of the experience I’ve had with God through prayer so far.

Praying is not done only when you have something to ask God, praying can also be used for these following purposes:

  • Simply talk to God, just like you would talk to your friend (telling Him how your day was, your concerns, your joys, your pains, etc.)
  • Praising Him with songs and psalms as an act of thankfulness

Now if you are familiar with prayer, whenever you’ve asked something to God, you know that the answer is not always immediate, which is why praying demands a lot of patience. The answer can also be different from what we would’ve wanted to hear or see which is why we need to have guidance from the Holy Spirit. Two main and fundamental key to prayer.

When Jesus was teaching to the people during his time here on earth, he taught many parables about many subjects. There’s this one about prayer which is absolutely relevant to us today, for many reasons, especially by the way he starts telling it:

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.

He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’“For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”  Luke 18:1-8

If you have the habit to pray, asking God for something, you know that the answer is often time not immediate. It’s not like asking something to your friend, expecting an answer in the next second. No. God works in his timing and not ours. God proposes us what he’d think would be the best for us and not what we think is the best for us. When you ask something to God, he might not answer you the minute you finish talking to him and the answer he gives might not be what you expect.  Therefore, it takes patience and guidance found in the Bible, if we truly want to know what God has to tell us. Notice how Jesus started telling the story, “…they should always pray and never give up”. There must be a reason why he said that : IT CAN TAKE TIME! Not because God wants you to suffer, but God works in ways where He not only wants us to hear what He has to say, but he also wants to change us.

He can have you climb mountains, face disappointments, get hurt by people you know, face rejection just to give you that answer. But in the end, when you look at it, you’ll be wiser and understand that it was all for your good.You may have to go through a lot to understand that what you’re asking for is probably not the best for you, and this might be your answer from God. Thus, God not only gave you an answer, but he also moulded you into a stronger person. It can take one day, one week, one month, one year and even more, but he will never leave you answer-less. Sometimes we get an answer that we might not have expected and we then go and say God does not hear or pay attention to what we have to say… we should not have that attitude. Instead, acknowledge that what God wants for you is always the best.

The parable explains that the man didn’t care about nobody and wasn’t at all godly. On the other side the lady kept granting him justice. Although at first he didn’t want to give it to her, one day, he did.

Question is if a man who does not care about God nor about people and is able to grant justice, will God not do the same for us and even more? He who care about his people, his children? By this parable we can see that he is the God of the impossible (out of the impossible comes the possible), that what we ask for can take time before being answered and that we ought to be patient and persevere in prayer.

If you want to start something, whatever it may be (something you’d like to accomplish), do not start it without God. In order to avoid many disappointments in the long-run, you need guidance from him that will help you know if you’re doing the right thing. If you need something, pray to God, not a god or “another object of worship”. Pray to a living God, he will sure hear and answer you in the nick of time!

”Patience is not the ability to wait but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.” – Joyce Meyer

I think there’s a point in life where everybody come to realize that time, as subtle and invisible as it is, can be one of the greatest teacher in our lives. Often taken for granted, we sometime use it however we want and neglect to cherish and manage it as it should be. Or worst, we don’t know how to use it at all. I think we best acknowledge this when we take a moment to navigate into our past, from time to time, only to find out as a result that we should have been more serious with anything that was presented to us. Of course, you will be proud of any accomplishments and good deeds in which you have put efforts and energy, but a lot of times, you’ll find yourself asking why you haven’t fully profited from any opportunity that was given to you. Thus, I know that for many, even myself, if we could go back in the past to fix a couple of things here and there, we wouldn’t hesitate to do it. Today, the result of the usage we did with our time is in front of us. Some will feel satisfied with most of it and maybe just a little upset about the other parts. Without not even a bit of an extremists’ behaviour, others just can’t seem to find satisfaction anywhere. Either way, how can you deal with this, without having to compromise your future?

See, time is time and it cannot be redeemed. No one can compete with it, not one human being can have more of it than another. In fact, I think that time is one of the most equal element that can be given to everyone on earth. Who can change the fact that a day contains 24 hours in it? Or that a year is summed with 365 days in total? Time is the same for everyone. What makes a difference is how we use it. It definitely takes time to recover from the past, or to have what we want. Often times, our goals will take more than 24 hours to come to terms. It will take time; whether it is because attaining that specific goal also demands a change of character or a profound understanding of the objective (oh yes! Those can definitely take time). It is also time that makes us accept our past and be proud of who we are today, so we never want to go back and try to fix things. As fast moving as we can sometime perceive it, time is invariable.What changes is the attitude you have towards it which can help you understand and accept in a better way where you come from, where you are now, and where you’re going.

Some people say that time is their worst enemy or that time always seems to be against them. They say this only because they don’t yet know how to master it. I am a true Christian that believes it is God who masters it all. Although, it is important to understand that God will not do it all for us; we have a role to play as well. There are elements we have to implement into our personality/attitude if we want our time to be used in the best possible way. Patience is one of the main. This is the key element we have to develop in ourselves if we want to be able to face the times that come in our way in a more positive manner. And this, no matter how confusing and frustrating it may come. Like any other qualities, having patience and knowing how and when to use it won’t be gained overnight. Of course and again, it’ll take some time but also years and years of practice. When you decide to have a ”better attitude while waiting”, many opportunities will be opened to you. Don’t worry if you fail at some of them, that’s how you get to analyze yourself in order for you to know what you have to change about your attitude.

Hopefully, it won’t surprise you if I tell you that patience doesn’t come alone in the process of dealing with time. Let’s take a very banal example. You want to buy yourself a car but unfortunately, you do not have the sufficient amount of money to buy it right away (let’s say that you have the exact amount of the car’s price). In the meantime, you’ll have to work a little more. In this situation, not only do you need patience to wait properly, but you’ll also need some understanding i.e. why you actually have to wait. The understanding behind this is if you wait enough until you have the money, not only you’ll have the car, but you won’t be broke after you buy it. I analyzed this in pieces for you to be able to visualize it, but it’s not that complicated. Usually when one comes, they all come along. Don’t be so quick to judge or be discourage, try to understand where your situation comes from and determine from that if you can take advantage of it. Writing of which, taking advantage of a situation can also be a great mean for dealing with time. It’ll help you focus more on what you can get from it rather than having to be frustrated and stressed out.

So here, you have a better idea of how you can implement patience into your attitude. Whether it is because you want to face your past with a more optimistic thinking or that you want to be less stressed out into achieving something, patience can be a great ”tool”.  With the right training, time will give it to you!