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Am I Praying for God’s Plan or Mine?


I know whom I have believed and I am confident that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him.
II Timothy 1:12

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it.
Philippians 1:6

I have given my loved one to You, Lord. Please send what he needs: storm or sunshine, turbulence or calm, rain or snow, fruit or barrenness. You have made him and You know. I trust You.

Do I really?

God usually gives me a chance to find out if I trust Him or not. . . .

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I was praying for my son Pres’ frequent back pains and had “told” God exactly what I wanted and how I believed the events should come about — NOW!

Lord, Pres has been victorious in this over the years, and he is hurting so badly. I really don’t see that having this pain linger any longer can profit anyone. So I humbly ask you to heal his back . . . today. (An abbreviated version.)

God: These are the plans that you have for Pres, Anabel?

Anabel: Yes, Lord.

God: These are the plans you would like for Me to carry out?

Anabel: Yes, Lord.

God: I, too, have some plans for Pres. Would you like for Me to abandon MY plans and go with yours?

Anabel: (Silence. Now, what was that statement I was wondering about–if I really believed it? You remember, don’t you? That one about giving my loved one to Him and trusting Him.)

A very quiet answer: No, Lord. I want You to do it Your way, please. I do trust You, my dear Jesus . . . implicitly.

About the Author

Anabel spent decades teaching in many contexts through Lifetime Guarantee Ministries. She has taught countless others how to have a genuine intimate faith and a sound marriage. She shared from her heart about living from the heart. Lifetime’s beloved founder and mentor passed away November 7, 2010. Her legacy and influence are timeless and priceless.