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An announcement in church brought everyone quickly to their knees. Ten-year-old Madison has been diagnosed with cancer in her lymph nodes. This was practically a death sentence. As one, church members’ prayers ascended to Heaven.

I had no problem praying for Madison and that God’s will would be done. It had always been easy to pray for safety before embarking on a long trip, for my unborn grandchildren and for the missionaries and Bible workers throughout the world. But when it came to the small things in life, I tried to muscle through on my own. But I have learned a good lesson this week.

I’m a freelance writer and work hard to support myself with different projects. My latest is compiling, designing and editing a newsletter for a group of travel writers. The compiling and editing is a piece of cake; the designing’s a nightmare. At my age, computers are not second nature. I wasn’t introduced to the electronic wonders until two decades ago and have kept up a sort of uneasy détente since then.

Not Important Enough?

Being offered more money to design the newsletter sealed the deal. The software arrived in the mail and with misgivings I opened it and began to study. After a few days I began waking up with a stomach ache. There was no way I could use this software to create a newsletter. That was until, during my morning devotions, God asked me why I hadn’t prayed about it. My answer was, “I didn’t think it was important enough”

I’m not sure where that belief started, but I soon realized that it was a lie and that my prayers about anything are important to God. In Matthew 21:22, we’re told to pray and if we believe we will receive. And for people like me, who sometimes don’t even know how to pray, we’re given this promise: “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express” (Romans 8:26).

The next time I sat down at my computer, I prayed. I prayed for an open mind, a clear mind and for extra intelligence. My prayer was answered. Now, I’ve got to admit, I’m still not an expert, but I’m learning more and more about the software and about what my Heavenly Father cares about.

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