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THIS SUNDAY: Know the Best Thing You Can Do Is Pray

Whether she knew it or not, my mom taught me the power of prayer. I grew up in the Midwest and went to a Catholic grade school and high school. This was my mom’s idea. She was very clear with my dad that she wanted her children, all nine of them, to obtain a Catholic education. I did not appreciate that much growing up, but I do today.

With my Catholic upbringing and schooling, I studied religion and the Catholic faith. I attended church at least once every week at school with my classmates and every Sunday with my family. My mom would wake me and my siblings up for church, and we were always there, thanks to her. (At a later period in my life, I considered myself a recovering Catholic and neglected to be grateful for the many good teachings and people I knew in the Catholic Church.)

I liked praying, because I always felt good afterward, but I felt that my prayers were not always answered. I prayed for selfish things and, often, my wishes never came true. As I got older, I prayed less as I partook in drinking and other activities. It wasn’t until I changed my life and got sober that I began again a journey with prayer.

As I matured I began to ask God in my prayers to help me in doing his will. I also became more grateful, and as I noticed the many blessings in my life, I began to thank God for these gifts. My prayers changed from “asks” to “thanks.” My attitude changed for the better as well.

This was all good, but when I would go through a very difficult and painful time in my life, it would be hard for me to remain grateful. I remember asking God, “Why me?” A friend one day answered that question for me without even knowing it. The answer was another question, as so many of life’s answers are. The answer was, “Why not me?” This new question helped me to realize that I was not unique, and maybe I should be grateful rather than grumpy.

I also learned another great lesson on prayer from my mother. One time I was sharing the challenges I was having with another person with my mother. She listened patiently. When I finally said, “Well, I guess all’s I can do is pray for this person,” my mom said, “That’s the best thing you can do.” This was shocking and so true. The best thing I can do for others is to pray for them. I have felt at times that praying for others was only an exercise that added little value to a situation. My mother taught me that, on a spiritual level, prayer is everything.

This comes from the short book “Loving, Blessing, and Being Aware of God’s Grace“.

9 thoughts on “THIS SUNDAY: Know the Best Thing You Can Do Is Pray”

  1. Regarding: THIS SUNDAY: Know the Best Thing You Can Do Is Pray
    Joe…when you have time consider visiting my web site.

    I started to write a letter years ago to my family which turned into a website. Money has no value there, no trips to Alaska, no books to purchase, no – none of that.
    No man, no government, no religion, philosophy, etc. will stop what is occurring around the world. And that goes for our churches which have based their organizations (denominations) after mans organizations, not Gods Pattern for His Church and Families.
    Man’s churches are failing as we enter the end of days of which we have been forewarned. Man’s Churches have assumed to themselves priesthoods and authority (as they supposed) thereby dividing believers one against another. They also assumed responsibilities which God ordained and appointed for Men and Women (The Family) not men’s churches. That is why Christian Families are failing like secular families.
    What is God’s Church? It’s Jesus Christ and Born Again Believers having the indwelling of the Holy Spirit our True Guide, our True Teacher, our True Comforter along with God’s Word and the Testimony of His Creation. They are the living
    breathing Church Of God, adopted Sons and Daughters of God destined to be with Him throughout eternity.

    I invite you visit https://www.knowingforyourself.com/

    If nothing else read from the home page and then, at the top of the home page read from: God’s Family – God’s Church – Message of the Temple Veil, and the Women at the well – Rebuild Restore Rebuild.
    Be ready to think for yourself, use anything from the site in context and share it far and wide so others may know for themselves.
    “For there is nothing hidden that shall not be disclosed, nor anything
    secret that shall not be known and come out in the open.” Luke 8:17

    Best to all and your loved ones in Jesus Christ, our savior and redeemer. Daniel

    P.S. Want to know who the Prince of this world is and who are his followers? First read the 10 Commandments as given in your Bible. (1 thru 10 “Thou shalt not’s”)
    Then read the Commandments again starting from the 10th command first
    (10 thru 1) but instead of “Thou shalt not”…say to yourself…”Thou Shalt” and you will know for yourself who is the god of this present world is and who are those who follow him. Think about it.

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  2. So you’re proud of belonging to a cult which guarantees through its dogma that ALL Catholics go straight to hell upon death? You call it the mythical purgatory, and lying priests tell you its temporary and your release from it requires and depends on money you spend to BUY yourself out of purgatory. YOU ARE A LOST, dying soul friend like most Catholics. By false doctrine made up by sinful men, you are doomed. Make no mistake, purgatory is permanent hell. You should appreciate the heads up given you by your demonic overlords, so that you can escape the CULT before it’s too late.
    https://www.born-again-christian.info/roman-catholics.htm

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    • So, Alan, You are Born Again are you? Romans 10:8-10 right? You’re saved?
      So you believe that GOD has a body of FLESH and BONES? That’s what RESURRECTION is.
      You have to BELIEVE and not just believe but CONFESS IT! I’ll wait…
      In the mean time, 1st Corinthians 15 says ALL (everyone who has lived) will be resurrected. All are SAVED from death thru CHRIST. CONFESS THAT ! That includes the catholics etc…

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  3. The perceived “blessings” you receive as a Catholic, are not from God, but from satan who founded the RCC. Satan protects his own fervently. “Lord, I pray in your Holy Name, for the redemption of this man through repentance and faith alone in YOU, that this person may escape the CULT of damnation, and his place in the lake of fire.” Amen

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    • Totally fabricated BS.
      Catholics can get blessed when they do service for another, just like you.
      Then there is the problem when any of all ya’all do harm…

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  4. When you want to talk to GOD, pray.
    When you want GOD to talk to you, read the Scriptures.
    When you want to DO GOOD,
    you have to get off of your a**, I mean keister, and get to work helping someone.

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  5. Joe, greetings from another continent where I continue to check, as often as possible, on the Hoft brothers excellence! Sorry to reply to this post so late, but…THANK YOU for this insightful read. Your mom’s legacy makes me appreciate you boys even more! How sad that critical-thinking has devolved to the point that memories of a “woman of excellence” (Proverbs 31) is ignored and is met with vitriol. How tragic that the current world miserably fails to see and applaud the godly mothers of our culture and instead idolizes ungodly “parenting.” Such results in grandmothers helping their grandchild to attack and abuse the child’s peers; destroy the fabric of integrity that holds our nation together; excuses and rationalizes ungodliness in every facet of life. THANK GOD for mothers, like yours, who left a lasting legacy of respect and devotion in her children! I applaud her and all who do as she did.

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