My Prayer Story

It was a few short weeks ago and I was at my wits end…  again.  My life felt like it was falling apart and my job was miserable.  I didn’t know how we were going to pay the bills.  My thoughts were getting dark (how easy would it be to just crash my car into that tree over there at 85 miles an hour).  And that’s how it had been going for the past several weeks.  Angry, frustrated, hurt, hopeless, I was in tears for the 4th time that day (again).  I just couldn’t go on.

Then something happened.

I took a deep breath.  I closed my eyes.  And I said a simple, quick prayer.  “God?  Please help me get through this day.  I can’t make it without your help.  In Jesus name, amen.”

Then something really remarkable happened.

I felt better.  I stopped crying.

As I was laying down to sleep later that night I realized I was able to get through the rest of the day without any further emotional episodes.

When I woke up the next morning I decided to try it again.  I prayed, “God, it’s me again.  Please help me get through this day.  I know I can’t do it without you.  Thank you for all the blessings in my life.  In Jesus name, amen.”

And I got through another day without a breakdown.

I’ve prayed every morning since.  And I’ve been ok.  Things are still frustrating, but the money issues have been relieved.  My job is still a mess, but I’m ok.  I couldn’t say that just a few short weeks ago.

My prayers slowly grew from just begging for help to get through the day, to asking for God’s blessing on the people I know and love, to thanking God for all the good he’s done in my life.

I’m a little unconventional.  When I want to pray I don’t get down on my knees; I just talk to God.  Sometimes out loud, but most of the time just talking to him inside my head.  Sometimes driving down the road; sometimes sitting on the toilet (I know, that’s probably pretty weird, but it works for me); sometimes laying in my bed.  Sometimes I’m not even certain there’s anyone listening.  But I do it anyway.

It sounds so simple.  It helps me get through the day.  I hope my story helps you.

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