Posted by: Judy | February 24, 2014

Experimenting with prayer…

I tried dropping the protect me from my prayers. Can’t do it. Decided it’s one of those things that it doesn’t hurt to ask. The worst God can say is “No.” Maybe it’s simply a matter of offering me comfort, reassuring myself I’ve done all I could do by going to the ultimate source of power.

The problem has been my abdicating my responsibility to protect myself because I’d turned it over to God. I haven’t entirely, but I have been a bit mindless about protecting myself.

How? I’ve labeled avoiding danger as protecting myself.

This is only true in part. There’s no sense putting myself in harms way. The problem has come from me expecting avoidance to be the option all the time. It not only isn’t but it can’t be. It isn’t feasible or reasonable. I gave God, the all powerful, all knowing, all seeing, all that is good, all loving, loves me so much He allowed his Only Begotten Son to be crucified for me, creator of the universe, only one way to help me.

What next?

I’m trying a new experiment. I’m praying for protection and deliverance from evil, and I’m also praying for courage and strength and inspiration and trust in God to delivery me one way or another. Oh, I’ve also added: Please, Lord, arm me with a sense of humor.


  1. came across this song today, and thought of you

    Plumb, God I Need You Now (with lyrics)

    found it here: but had to go to youtube to find the song because the embedded version on the blog post wouldn’t work for me

    • here’s a live version:

    • I love this song! Thank you, ((ntexas99))

  2. “The problem has come from me expecting avoidance to be the option all the time. It not only isn’t but it can’t be.” my default setting too. It isn’t feasible as one. xx

    • Here’s to learning healthier options. πŸ™‚

      • Cheers to that πŸ™‚

  3. Judy, I’ve been following your posts on this and have been meaning to comment.

    What about praying that God gives you the strength to learn to protect yourself? That he gives you the courage to stand up when (the inevitable) evil comes your way? That maybe he protects your eternal soul, but that you must learn to protect yourself in this world? That sort of seems to me what you are getting at in this post, but I wanted to offer up a somewhat different version of that.

    • I really like that. I’ve been repeatedly told to make my prayers specific, but I don’t think I truly grasped the concept until now. Thank you ((Jessie))

  4. Well, I’m no expert on god things being a heathen and all πŸ˜‰

    But I believe that there is a saying about god helping those who help themselves, so maybe you don’t need to abdicate responsibility for protecting yourself. But, yah, avoiding things probably isn’t the way you want to go. Sometimes when I get scared, I go the other way and push myself out of the comfort zone.

    • Hmmm… following Jessie’s advice, maybe I need to pray for the Lord to send me what I need to learn… TR’s post is helpful, talking about the verbal pattern… I’ll keep learning.

      • I think your willingness to learn will get you there. πŸ™‚

        • I think I’m in that whiny “but I want to be able to do it right now” stage. It comes pretty quickly, like right after I figure out I’m doing something wrong. πŸ™‚

  5. You know, I’ve prayed for a sense of humor, too! It’s good for us to laugh, and I’ll pray that God will give me something to laugh at that day, then wait to see what tickle is waiting for me. I think it’s changes my attitude, too–waiting for the humor. I’m looking for it, then.

    • πŸ™‚

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