When you pray, be specific.

Philippines
August 26, 2011 9:48am CST
I was reading a book called Eat Pray Love and there was one moment where it caught my attention. The author of the book was talking to her new found friend whom she met along her journey in one of the countries she visited to on her search for herself and her spiritual journey. The guy, her friend, told her that she needs to be specific in her prayers because in his experience he prayed all years in his life that God would open his heart and then he had an open heart surgery. LOL. Very funny actually and he made a strong point. So how about you, my friends? Are you specific with your prayers?
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@SIMPLYD (84823)
• Philippines
27 Aug 11
That was funny. But i guess, it has a point. At least, when we are specific with our prayer to God, we will know if it is answered or not.
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• United States
27 Aug 11
Although that is funny, I don't believe god would do anyone any harm.
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@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
27 Aug 11
Maybe that wasn't 'harm'. Maybe it was just a reminder for him to take better care of himself.
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@SIMPLYD (84823)
• Philippines
28 Aug 11
I think so too. It's more of a reminder , than harm.
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• United States
27 Aug 11
Hi TU, I am very specific in my prayers. God knows what we need, but he wants us to ask. He isn't going to interfere in our lives unless we are specific... that is my experience anyway. I think we go along on autopilot a lot of the times and expect God to bless us along the way. For me, God blesses me every day I wake up breathing on my own... but still if I need something specific I am specific of what I ask him for.
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• Philippines
30 Aug 11
No matter how much we ask Him, he's the only one who knows what is really good for us. Though we soon realize it on the later part and we come to embrace how His goodness made an impact in our lives. We are always blessed.
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• United States
2 Sep 11
yes, always! No matter what happens in life, we are blessed. I know I am.
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
27 Aug 11
LOL I don't know whether I should laugh or be shocked...I think I'll laugh, God does have a sense of humor though He wouldn't go that far. I don't know about being specific. Seems to me God knows exactly what we want and He also knows what we need and what would be 'good' for us. I do ask for things but I try to remember to say "Thy will be done" which is hard when I really really want something..:)
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@stary1 (6622)
• United States
27 Aug 11
I forgot to say..I haven't read the book, but I saw the movie Eat, Pray, Love with Julia Roberts. Has anyone read the book and seen the movie and is the book better than the movie??
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• Philippines
30 Aug 11
The book is always better than the movies. And yes, God's sense of humor is really something to ponder in too. That's why all of us can laugh after going through the hard times because we made it and we can all laugh it all about knowing how close we are in giving up.
@savypat (20246)
• United States
26 Aug 11
This is why all my prayers have become for the Most Beneviolent outcome. I want to draw attention to the situation but leave the outcome in a higher power's hands.
@savypat (20246)
• United States
26 Aug 11
By the way I loved that book
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• Philippines
30 Aug 11
I loved the book laso, Savy. Very realistic and everyone can identify to it.
@neildc (17253)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
31 Aug 11
while God is smarter than anyone of us, i believe we still have to be specific with what we prayed for. prayer is what or how we communicate with Him so when we pray, we should tell Him what we are actually asking from HIm.
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• Philippines
31 Aug 11
True. He is the supreme being and knows more and knows the best for us.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
29 Aug 11
While there are some general prayers that I will use on a regular basis, I find that that the majority of the prayers that I say are specific prayers that are said for a specific reason and also for a specific person. In doing this, I see that my prayers are answered most of the time. Of course, there are those other times when my prayers are not answered and I will feel discouraged when that happens, but I know that there is a reason that everything in our lives happens.
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• Philippines
30 Aug 11
God is a supreme being and I know He understands all our prayers. But maybe He just wants us to realize what's really in our hearts. Because it is the clearest of all the prayers that we could tell him. The ones murmured by our hearts and that's what He will give it to us.
@Triple0 (1907)
• Australia
27 Aug 11
I tend not to be really specific when I prayer. I actually say the same thing every night when I pray to God. I always thank him for the day and ask him for another good tomorrow. I am sometimes specific if an event that needs attention happens but I tend to be general.
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• Philippines
30 Aug 11
Yes, we all should be thankful after we get what we asked for. We should never forget to be thankful.
@ybong007 (6658)
• Philippines
27 Aug 11
I don't think god is that literal. .But I agree being specific for what you ask for.
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• Philippines
30 Aug 11
LOL. He just happen to have the best sense of humor.
• United States
26 Aug 11
This made me laugh because I can see the humor in it. Throughout my years I've come to know that God has a deep sense of humor. Case in point, several years ago something fell between the counter and the stove. The stove was too heavy to move and there was a risk of knocking the connector off. So I grabbed a fly swatter to use. No matter how hard I tried I could not get that item. I tried and tried, and tried some more. Frustrated, I lamented out to Jesus that: The men who brought their paralyzed friend in through the roof were said to have faith! They used a pallet and put him through the roof! I am using this blasted thing in an act of faith, and I still can't get that stupid thing with it!" Not one minute later that I said that, the object suddenly (and seemingly on its own) rolled onto the fly swatter. I stared at it in shock for about five seconds. And despite my frustration with it, I could sense His amusement. This being said I was specific in my complaint, though I did not outwardly say what I needed or wanted. Somehow I think He was proving a point about faith, and that patience is needed for it. Which unfortunately, I still haven't learned completely well. There was another time when I was kite flying. The wind stole my kite and it launched itself up into a high tree that I could not climb. I said to God, "My kite is stuck up in a tree and I can't get it down. Will You help?" A few seconds later, another wind, more gentle though, came through and shook the branches of the tree. Now here's the funny thing. The wind was blowing, but down below where I stood it was calm. I had long hair and not one strand moved. After the wind in the trees passed through I got my kite back. I was a happy teenager back then. I've come to learn that when we talk to God with specifics, and talk to Him as a Person rather than an object, He is more willing to respond.
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• Philippines
30 Aug 11
Somehow I think He was proving a point about faith, and that patience is needed for it. - this enough should be in everyone's heart. As long as we keep the faith, and patience too, nothing is impossible. We just have to wait in God's time.
• Philippines
31 Aug 11
I don't think God will misinterpret his prayers, God is most intelligent and i am sure he would not misinterpret anything that we mean. God knows what is in our mind and heart that even if we do not say anything he will give us what we need. I am not good in the bible but one time i come across a passage, God saying that we should be specific in everything that we ask, but in this case i really don't think God will have a mistake.
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@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
27 Aug 11
I guess I am not! When I do pray, I am always general about it. Maybe that's the reasons most of my prayers are not answered. Maybe if I make it literal, then I could attribute it to the prayers if it does happen.
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@rafiholmes (2897)
• Malaysia
27 Aug 11
yeah..theres also a movie on EAT PRAY LOVE rite? starring julia roberts..i missed it in th e cinemas..probably will get the dvd.. nice topics..lol... must be specific..or clarify what u actually requesting from God in your prayers.. he should have said open his mind to more things in this world ' etc..lol .instead he got a heart surgery.
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@HeartROB (434)
• Philippines
27 Aug 11
Whoah. That is actually scary. Maybe because she demand too much. That is why she has been given actually a specific answer. Hehe. When we pray we should be patient. Hehe.
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@daud4ms (218)
• United Arab Emirates
26 Aug 11
this is funny, any ways, ye i try to be specific in my prayers, and moreover God always know what his followers need.
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• Pamplona, Spain
27 Aug 11
Hiya TD, It is true that things can happen like this through Prayer. I just convey my feelings to God and try to let it be. There is a Spanish film which moves me to tears everytime I see it. Its called "Fray Escoba". About a Monk that his main Job is to sweep the Church and he talks to God while he is sweeping and he maintains this "conversation" with God something like this "now what do you think you are doing?" "another fine mess you have me into that is not what I asked you for is it" "so come on tell me how do I go about this one then". Actually all the things came to be what he asked for but in a different way. I can´t find an actual piece of the Film where he is actually talking to the Statue of Jesus. Its a very long Film too but People of all ages say its their favourite. Its an original form of Prayer too. xxx http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifTvtg7c1ro&feature=related Me again in this bit of Film I have just found you can see him talking to Jesus you have to let it get to about 6 mins on the youtube thing before you get to that bit. Well worth seeing even if you can´t understand the language it conveys a message. Fray Escoba was later made a Saint by the Church for his various kind works and things that he did along the path of his life.xxx
• Philippines
30 Aug 11
Thank you for sharing this, loving angels. It has moved me so much. Very overwhelming film.
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• Pamplona, Spain
30 Aug 11
Hiya TD, Oh right I forgot you were in Cebu and you could possibly follow the Film in Spanish. But even if you could not understand Spanish its still a Film in the actions are the words and the meanings he got across to everyone else he was indeed a "Fray Escoba" and it was a very moving Film. Its a well loved Film here despite the fact that it was made back in the Sixties. I am glad you enjoyed it then actually whoever put it on youtube put it in ten parts hence you see the numbers Fray Escoba one and then two. I was watching it two Days ago and the tears were welling up again. I love Films like this TD.xxx
@emjay86 (640)
• Philippines
30 Aug 11
Hahaha..I never got the chance to read the book but what you've shared is indeed funny. I try to be specific in my prayers but in the end, whether specific or not, my faith I remain steadfast. I believe God listens to every prayer and He alone knows what we really need and what we ask for, He may have something better to offer. I would like to share with you my experience. One time I took an english-proficiency exam and I really prayed for me to pass. But, when the results came out, I didn't. I was really devastated and my family try to find ways to comfort me. They insisted I pay a substantial amount for a retake. Pass or not, they say, at least I try. Eventually, I paid for it and eventually I passed. It made me happy. But looking back, the answer God gave me is far more amazing. He showed me humility and persistence amidst failure and more than that, the genuine love of a family highly irreplaceable. :D
• Philippines
31 Aug 11
Hi, Emjay. Thank you for this post. I might share this to my cousin who just recently failed his Nursing Licensure Exam and he has been really depressed about it. I know no words can comfort him but his faith in God has been his source of refuge. I hope he can make it and will be able to reflect from the story that you have shared. Thank you again. Very much appreciated.
@SIMPLYD (84823)
• Philippines
29 Feb 16
I am , because i know God wants us to pray that way . And when it doesn't happen the way i asked for it but in another way , then i can clearly understand that it's God's way not mine .
@Sanitary (3969)
• Singapore
1 Sep 11
That's a good one. NOw that u mentioned such a scene in the movie, it makes me curious to find out more about the movie. I don't do prayers because i believe in myself more than whatever is up there or out there. Whatever meant to happen will happen. NO point in praying, just like, Final destination. We can't cheat. We may pray for safety this time or pray for whatever now, but it will all be taken away from us someday.
• Philippines
31 Aug 11
I don't think God will misinterpret his prayers, God is most intelligent and i am sure he would not misinterpret anything that we mean. God knows what is in our mind and heart that even if we do not say anything he will give us what we need. I am not good in the bible but one time i come across a passage, God saying that we should be specific in everything that we ask, but in this case i really don't think God will have a mistake.
@krajibg (11936)
• Guwahati, India
26 Aug 11
Hi, Pointless and illogical argument I daresay. I do not think God has adopted corruption like out political creatures and office staff. As prayer is a spontaneous act how could one be specific.