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All of us have times when we are confused about some situation we are confronting in our lives; we are unsure what to do, feel hopeless about a situation that is often not under our control, or maybe we are just puzzled about what we should do. It’s called life. It’s a part of our human condition. And, it’s also why we have a need to have a relationship with God.

There’s a story told about a family who had a desperate need. The parents had died some time before this desperate need. The eldest sister, we’ll call her Mary, was responsible for raising her seven siblings. The house in which they lived was in desperate need of any repairs—including a new roof because the old one leaked. The owner calculated what it would take to make all the repairs. As a result he decided to turn the house into an apartment house. He would make more monthly income this way and more quickly pay off the debt he was to incur.

However, the owner served notice on the family; they were being evicted from the only home that some of the children knew.

Mary worried. What would she and her siblings do now? Where would they find a house large enough to accommodate the family? Mary prayed daily for an answer to their problem. After many days of praying and looking, Mary finally found a house large enough for all eight of them and it was leasing at a price they could afford.

But, this house was also badly in need of repairs. Mary felt she had to commit to leasing the house but she was very unsure she was making the right decision. Mary continued to pray.

Unbeknownst to Mary, the neighbors in the new area to which Mary and her siblings would be moving heard about the family. The family was young yet they had been through a lot. After a meeting of their new neighbors, a decision was made. The new neighbors, and some of the family’s friends, gathered to clean the house and to make some of the needed repairs to the house.

Prayer may not solve every need we may ever have—after all, God does expect us to also try to help ourselves. But, prayer will help us find solutions and to clarify our needs. Sometimes we do not need that which we think we do. But, prayer helps. If you are not in the habit of praying, why not give it a try?

If your church is interested in submitting to the weekly Clergy View column, contact Clint Walker at 217-238-6864 or CWalker@jg-tc.com

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