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Pete and Repeat….

Pete and Repeat were out in a boat. Pete fell out. Who was left?


Pete and Repeat were out in a boat. Pete fell out. Who was left?


Pete and Repeat were….

Get the picture? 🙂 That could go on forever!!! And if you have the right children saying it, it will!!!

Do our prayers sometimes look like Pete and Repeat? I know mine do. I start praying for something, or several somethings, and every day I pray the same thing. Over and over. Day after day. Is this what I think pray without ceasing means (1 Thessalonians 5:17)? Mmm. Don’t think so.

So why do I pray the same thing over and over? Do I think that God hasn’t heard me? Maybe. Has He forgotten that I need His attention in a certain area? I wonder. Or maybe I think that if I pray over and over my persistence will win Him over, He will see things my way, and answer the way I want Him to. Could be. Honestly, I don’t have an answer to these questions. It may be a combination of all of them. Either way, I’m pretty sure this is not what God wants.

When I ask my boys to do their chores over and over again, I am considered a nag. I don’t want to be a nag to God. If I have a close relationship of faith and trust with God, I don’t think I will see a need to nag Him about my prayer requests. I’m pretty sure that is not the kind of loving communication He wants from me either.

In Matthew 6:7-8 Jesus says this: “But when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask them.”

Should we stop praying or asking? Oh no! Remember all the verses where we are told to ask, seek, and knock. But! God does already know our needs before we ask. And He does desire that we talk to Him about them in prayer. Ask Him. But then what does He want from us? Faith and trust. Thank Him for hearing your prayer, and for answering in His timing, according to His will. Does that mean you should stop praying for that one thing? I don’t think so. But I do think once we have placed a request in His hands, we need to leave it there. He has it. He isn’t going to lose our requests, and He isn’t going to forget them. So let us then trust Him and thank Him for His faithfulness. This is not an easy thing to do, but then leaps of faith never are. Who better to trust to be faithful, though, than our mighty God?


Have you noticed what I have noticed? Easter is over. The build up, the celebration, the ham dinner and Easter egg hunt. Its over…until next year, when we will do it all again.

I must say, one of the best parts about the day was waking my boys up with the announcement that “He is risen!” The only communication I had with my husband that morning was a text! But it was, “He is risen!” “He is risen indeed!” (Long story:-) And how many times did I shake someone’s hand at church with the same greeting? Many! It was so exciting! Exhilerating! To be celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! We rejoiced in the victory He had over death, and sin. He beat the cross that took Him down, and stood triumphantly outside the tomb, breathing in deep breaths of fresh, spring morning air. Jesus had come back to life!!!

And then…Monday. Life was back to normal. The celebration was over. Work and school were starting back up. The hum-drum of daily life. It sucked the joy right out of me! You could almost hear the high-powered vacuum! And I thought, “Why? Why should my joy only last for a day? Today should be a new beginning to a new year…a year in which I celebrate each and every day the joy of worshiping a risen Lord.”

That was when I realized that MY new year isn’t January 1st, and all those ridiculous New Years resolutions to lose weight, or do more things to please myself. It isn’t even the first day of school in the fall (when I traditionally wish my fellow teachers a happy new year:-). MY new year begins each year on Easter Sunday. It is the reason for my joy. Easter Sunday is the day I celebrate the new life I have in Christ, and the day that I am reminded that every day afterward belongs to Jesus. Easter Sunday is the starting point. It is the basis on which I live every other day that God gives me. Because I have Easter, I have meaning. Why wouldn’t the Christian mark his calendar for New Year’s Day on Easter? From now on, that is how mine will be. So even though this is a bit late…Happy New Year! For He is risen! He is risen indeed!!!!!

Oh. And my relolution? Only to live every day serving my risen Savior!

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