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The Spiritual Practice of Asking for Help

January 14, 2019

When clients tell me their prayers aren't being answered, I've discovered there's a reason why--it comes down to trust. Allow me to explain: 

When you ask your higher power to help, the solution won't likely appear in your lap. It will come from the help of other people. Sometimes, you'll have to ask for assistance. Other times, it will be offered. Prayers get answered when you trust who shows up, and you're okay with what they can or cannot do for you.

When you ask for help, what happens if you're turned down?

  • Do you hear it as a rejection of you?
  • Do you feel angry and resentful?
  • Does it cause you to lose hope?

What happens when others offer you help?

  • Do you hesitate to let them in your space?
  • Do you prefer to do it alone?
  • Do you question the person's competency?  

If you answered Yes to any of these, then you need to do some work in the trust department. Release the need for control. You must have faith that your higher power is providing and always will. Without this sense of surrender, you won't have the intimacy you want, nor will you experience life fully.

That's why asking people for help is a key spiritual practice. If our higher power is going to come through, there will be trial and error, and you might not get the help you think you need. But keep asking and trusting. Let your higher power dictate the timing and who is the best fit to help you.

I've heard it said, "There are three answers to prayer: 1. Yes 2. Not yet. 3. I have something better."

In 2019, try letting go and trusting God, yourself, and others. You'll be rewarded with everyday assurance, surprising connections, healing vulnerability, and eventually, those prayers will be answered according to higher power standards.

Give thanks in the glory of it all and help others figure this out, too.

Until next time,

Suzi Caffreys



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