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Recently I read somewhere that many people consider prayer ‘a last resort,’ believing instead the old cliché, “God helps those who help themselves.” In others words, knock yourself out trying to fix and find things and only then will God lend a hand.

Years ago I was sure my husband stood in that camp. He had a habit of misplacing his sunglasses and car keys. As he rushed through the house turning everything over in his path trying to locate the lost items, I generally called out, “Cut the search. Ask the Holy Spirit.”

“I’d rather try it myself first,” he called back—tongue in cheek, I hope!

Today, many years later, Charles has a spot on the counter top by the door where he places keys, sunglasses, cell phone, spare change, and all manner of things that go into his pockets and out to the car with him. No more charging around the house in frantic pursuit. Apparently the Holy Spirit got through to him.

Together we’ve created a new habit that has stuck. We’ve made prayer a ‘first resort,’ starting each week with twenty minutes of written and spoken petitions and gratitude right after breakfast. What a different it has made. At one time we over-committed to a daily routine and soon realized we were failing, so we decided to pray communally once a week and pray privately whenever each wanted.

Making prayer a ‘first’ resort has helped me to:

Praise God in the joyful moments

Reach for Him in the challenging moments

Worship Him in the quiet moments

Trust Him in the painful moments––and

Thank Him every moment of every day!

What works for you in your prayer life?



First Resort — 12 Comments

  1. This really works. Or should I say, the Holy Spirit really works. Lol lol. I lost my glasses once and I prayed for the Lord’s help. (In less than a half a minute I went outside in my car port where my car was passed. I went to the left rear wheel, and bent over, and there was my glasses. They’d evidently fell out of my pocket and went under my car. I don’t know why I went outside so fast and went right to my glasses. (Ha ha ha.) Thank you Jesus. They were a $450 pair of glasses.

  2. I love this! Prayer IS the first resort. And what a great idea for prayer time with your husband. I like to think of prayer as a phone line left open all day – on speaker phone! Thank you for sharing your heart and your life.

  3. Karen, thank you so very much for modeling how to stay in faith with prayers at all time. Mt. Hermon was my turning point. I have since learned to pray more, praise God more, reach for Jesus our Lord more. And everytime after I pray and have my quiet conversation with God, I feel much better with a lifted-up spirit. Thank you Karen, for showing me how. You’re my role model in many ways.

    • Thank you, Jing. I’m so happy that you are experiencing more and more of God’s love and guidance.

  4. Deepening of one’s prayer life does not happen all of a sudden. It is a gradual process. Even then one needs the Holy Spirit to make timely intervention. Thanks for your wonderful sharing.

    • Yes, I agree, Doctor George. Thank you for offering your insight. The Holy Spirit does his work within us in his time and way. I know this from the experience that changed my life

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