Tug of War



Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

1 Peter 4:7

Intercessory prayer has always been a mystery to me.  Oh, I believe in it….I always ask for other’s prayers and often offer to pray for them as well.  I know that it is important.  I know that it makes a difference.  I can’t really explain how, but I suppose that it may not really matter if I understand it or not.  As a Christian, we must find peace in Mystery.

So, someone close to me is hurting and in pain.  I present her to God, I pray for her and then, according to St. Peter, I’m supposed to let it go?  Much easier said then done!  Here is where my little brain goes:   If I let it go, will God think that I don’t care anymore about it?  Don’t I have to keep telling God how worried I am?  I would feel guilty if I don’t obsess about it….

It’s like a tug of war with God.  I pray and surrender – I’m filled with worry – I lift her to God – I’m anxious about the situation.  Maybe that’s the best that I can do.  I’m only human after all.  When people I care about are hurting, I hurt too.

For today, my prayer is that I can ease up just a little on my grip – not quite ready to let go of the rope and end this game of tug or war, but perhaps, just for today, I can be pulled a bit towards God’s side.

6 thoughts on “Tug of War

  1. I am with you here, Andrea. A hard part for me is when my heart gets dry and the thought enters my mind that my prayer may be of no use. Still I pray and the thought goes away 🙂

  2. It is such an awesome responsibility when someone asks us to pray for them. I believe that God listens intently to our prayers but we don’t have the whole picture and we really have no control over anything other than our faithfulness in praying. There is great consolation in knowing that our loving God is listening and that God loves the person for whom we are praying far more than we ever could.

  3. I share your dilemma. If I don’t pray, will God not help that person? I don’t think so. I just don’t get how it works.

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