This is a strange topic for a marketing blog, but lately people have status updates that make me wonder about prayer.
I’m Catholic by virtue of Confirmation and four years of Jesuits beating me with the Scriptures. I’m not quite certain people understand the idea of prayer. It isn’t so much pray and receive. It’s kind of like the lottery ticket you buy: you have to keep working towards retirement with some kind of planning until you do win. (Hope isn’t a strategy and lottery isn’t an IRA).
Saint Francis of Assisi had it right when he said, “When we pray to God we must be seeking nothing – nothing.”
Satchel Paige said, “Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.”
Two hands working can do more than a thousand clasped in prayer. ~Author Unknown
Give a man a fish, and you’ll feed him for a day; give him a religion, and he’ll starve to death while praying for a fish. ~Author Unknown
Finally, Frederick Douglass stated, “I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.”
It’s all about action.
I am a firm believer that prayer can you strength (and when do you need that strength more than when you are in trouble, right?). But nothing is delivered into your lap. It’s all about working for it.
And nothing is easy. There is no overnight success. You just happen to see the result of consistent labor.
I read that even if He wanted you to have it after you prayed, He wouldn’t place it in front of you. He make you go find it.
Life is a journey, right? You only enjoy Happiness because you know Sadness. You only like water because you know thirst. We like winning after tasting loss.
Here’s an article with a similar theme.