Three Stumbling Blocks to Consistent Cancer Prayers

Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see- how good God is. Blessed are you who run to Him.

Psalm 34:8-14 The Message

1. You can pray sporadically, leaving less opportunity for God to consistently show you the power of your prayers.
Sometimes, as we go through struggles, it’s easy to only pray for the big things, such as healing, and forget to pray for the little things along the way. The more things you pray about, the more opportunity Jesus has to answer your prayers. Think back to past prayers you have lifted to God. Whether your answered prayers were for a child’s safety, a financial solution, or a strengthened marriage, God has shown His faithfulness in your life. Don’t wait to see God’s faithfulness. Offer prayers all along your cancer journey to give God LOTS of opportunities to prove His faithfulness.

2. You can refuse to pray and just wait for God’s blessings.
What difference does it make if you pray and are blessed by God or if you don’t pray and are blessed
by God?
Not bothering to pray for something you need and God blessing you with it anyway is a nice thing. You should rejoice. But how much better the blessing would have been if you had humbled yourself to ask for the blessing and was then able to also rejoice in the wonder of knowing God heard your prayer and answered it? Rejoicing in answered prayer draws you closer to God and gives you evidence of God’s intimate role in your life, which you can then share with others.

3. You can miss recognizing the good things in your life as being from God.
Back in Session 4 Day 4, we discussed the temptation to think of everything as “mine”. Learning to view all good things in your life as coming from God takes effort and practice. Don’t let that self-serving part that is alive in each of us, rob you of seeing all the ways the Lord loves you.

Which of the “Three Stumbling Blocks to Consistent Cancer Prayers” is the most difficult for you? Why?

excerpt from Seeing God in Your Cancer Journey

About Karen Tripp

Beyond being a Christian Counselor and the President of Cancer Companions, Karen loves to read (she's a great reader) and loves to sing (she's a bad singer) in her home near St Louis, MO. Cancer has personally touched Karen's personal life through her dad - a 23 year colon cancer survivor. Impacting lives for Christ through her speaking, writing and counseling fills Karen with a passion which infuses every task she approaches. (except matching socks. Karen hates matching socks.)
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