I don't know about you but for years when I prayed, I became more depressed. The problems I had never seemed to go away. I spent so much time telling the Lord about my problems, as if he didn't know. I prayed for such long periods of time that, if the Lord wanted to tell me something, I was too busy praying to hear.
Then one day, the Lord finally got through to me and said, "My child, stop praying for the same old things that you have been praying for, for years. Now, start thanking me for the answers. You need only to ask once for help."
I obeyed and my whole life changed. I was so happy and really dancing in the spirit, but when my prayers were not answered immediately, I stopped praying and even doubted if God had really spoken to me. I went into a depression from loss of faith.
When I was thanking Him for the answer, I was like a child ~ carefree, happy and excited and when I stopped I became a defeated old woman. God knew that I was weak and instead of punishing me for not obeying, he gave me a great gift ~ the Angels of Peace. That was the greatest gift that I had ever received. I realized that without the kind of peace that can come only from God, the other healings in my life would not have been total.
I was reminded of the many times when I was a child and wanted something or to go somewhere, we would go to Mama crying and begging and she would give in. But now as I looked back, Mama had a smile on her face, never got mad with us for she knew that she was going to do what we asked. We got in the way for her to say, "yes." I realize now that we didn't have to cry or beg Mama. All we had to do was just ask.
It works the same way with the Lord. I ask only one time and try to get out of His way. I trust Him to take care of it for me. There is no more crying or begging for my needs.
Sometimes, before I start praying for somebody, I start praising Him for the answer. He always knows what my prayer is going to be.
It is so great to now be in a valley where only peace and rest prevail. No more sorrow, crying and trying to do it by myself. I just sit back and watch God work for me. With His power, there is nothing that He cannot do ~ nothing that He cannot change in my life.
I pray that I will never again disobey Him, that I will forever thank Him for the answer even before it becomes a reality. Why pray if we don't believe our prayers will be answered?
I find that it is so easy to give my problems to God. The hard part is to not take them back. Sometimes, it's like throwing a ball against a wall, giving my problems to the Lord and you know how fast that ball is returned.
How many years have I stood in church and sung the hymn, Take Your Burdens to the Lord and Leave Them There? Apparently, just words to be sung for I really had to work long and hard to be able to do that.