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Two Thanksgivings for Every Petition

I have a problem with the imperative mood in prayer "Lord, make me stronger," or "God,give me patience."  How many times do we throw in a "please" or a "would you?"  And how often do we expect our prayers to be answered when we ask them, as if we were filling out a request form and assume action to be taken within 5-10 business days? My challenge for you is: for every one prayer asking for God's help, say two thanking Him.
 
- Michelle Chapin, MinEmergent daily email communique, 9/5/11

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