God answers prayers

Whoa, I was looking through my documents folder on my computer and found a list of prayer topics I wrote down on November 11, 2002. I remember typing this, printing it out, and keeping it with me in my “church” binder that I would take every week to worship service and Bible study when I was in junior high and high school. I think the pastor challenged us the day before to write down our prayer requests, pray for them every day, and then see how God answers them. I had three categories of prayer topics: one for family, one for church, and one for myself. It’s so crazy…first, how I still have some of these prayer requests today, 6 1/2 years later, and second, how God has answered some of them. From 13 years old to 20 years old…God is faithful.

Here is my prayer list for personal topics from that sheet, with commentary, haha.

Personal issues

  • That I will become a leader at church, school, and home.

God has definitely taught me over the years how to be a leader. Though I still have many weaknesses and lack confidence in many areas, this is something I can say for sure that God has been answering. It was a baptism by fire in many regards at church. At school, outside of KCM, I hope that people have been willing to look up to me, if not as a leader per se, as someone who is trustworthy and dependable, whether as a friend or companion. And at home, I like to think that I have been a good older brother to Andrew. But that’s for him to say.

  • That I will have many, many friends at school.

In junior high school, I would be very lonely at times. Though no one ever really bullied me or excluded me, I never really felt comfortable around people. I never really had friends in high school. I never hung out with people because all I did was study. But that made it much easier for me to reach out and start fresh in college. I became more outgoing. In the past four years, God has given me so many people I can call true friends, those who are like brothers to me. I am so, so grateful that God has answered this prayer.

  • That I will always be humble.

The issue of humility has never been so real to me since entering college. God has shown me how the root of pretty much all sin is pride, of putting ourselves at the center and forgetting that everything we do comes from God. The Spirit continually reminds me, “Take care lest you forget…lest your heart be lifted up” (Deuteronomy 8:11, 14, 16; ESV). How interesting that this was one of my prayer requests back then. I completely forgot about it!

  • That temptations will not overcome me.

In the past few days, I faced temptations, temptations so undeniably from Satan and the same temptations that I know I was thinking about when I wrote this. I remember one of the Bible verses we had to memorize around this time was 1 Corinthians 10:13: “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” For a while, I had forgotten about that verse, but within the past few weeks, that verse has come back to me, still buried within my heart, still memorized. God’s promises are so true! This weekend, I overcame such temptations. One after another, they came, but I resisted and won.

  • That I will make it to Varsity in Cross Country and finish three miles in under 17 minutes.

Haha, I wrote this because our pastor told us to be specific about our prayers. This never came true in high school, but I can say that I’m in better shape now than I was then when I ran cross country.

  • That God will reveal to me my calling in life, my future.

Things are slowly starting to fall in place, although there is still a lot I don’t know as my last semester of college draws to an end. I definitely have no anxiety though. God planned some crazy twists for me, but looking back, I know for sure that it was all part of His good, pleasing, and perfect will for me. God’s Word is true!

  • That I will witness to those around me with a reckless abandon for God.

God has given me a heart and a burden for the lost. Since sophomore year, I have been doing on-campus evangelism with KCM, and I have learned so much about what people believe and why they believe it. To witness with “reckless abandon” was a bold prayer, if maybe a little overconfident and unaware of just how great and difficult the Great Commission is. But God has definitely answered the heart of this prayer.

  • That I will do well academically.

We shall see where God leads me next in terms of grad school, but He has definitely answered this one as well. One thing God has given me in college is perspective. A perspective that makes me both work hard in school but also be content with my efforts, even when I don’t get the results I want. More important than doing well academically has been learning how to manage my time and take care of my responsibilities and duties alongside school.

Perspective is something I definitely need now, with three paper deadlines staring me down, sucking all my time and energy. But the last three papers I need to write for college mean nothing compared to all that God has done in my life over the years. My friend, God answers prayers. Slowly but surely, we pray, God hears. And He answers.

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One response to this post.

  1. i like this post a lot. for some reason… hahaha. =D

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