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Elderly Woman Tells Us Exactly Why We Need To Pray & Stop Limiting God

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Abraham Lincoln is credited with saying, “I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.”

When I was a little girl, I remember very distinctly a particular billboard off to the side of our regularly frequented freeway.

Prayer Changes Things,” the giant orange eyesore read. Below the words, Philippians 4:6-7 was referenced, a passage that says “present your requests to God.”

As a child, I didn’t completely grasp what the sign meant. As an adult, I still struggle with understanding the full weight of those words.

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One woman has taken the internet by storm with her viral video. Her daughter, Jennifer Walker Smith, shared the video on her Facebook page.

In one week, the video already has over 3.5 million views. When you hear what this sweet elderly lady has to say, you’ll see why.

“We’ve all had the experience some time that seems like God is so far away,” she begins. “And maybe he’s not listening. Nothing happens. He’s so quiet, and we wonder, ‘Does it matter that I pray?'”

Aren’t her words so relatable? For any praying person, I think we’ve all been there. Feeling as if we’re putting our words out there only to have them fall on deaf ears.

But this woman has a different perspective to offer that is truly eyeopening. She notes it’s “pathetic” to wonder, “Can God take care of this?”

Then she turns to Psalm 78, a passage that touches on limiting God. “I have written at the top of my Bible, ‘Esther, do not limit God,'” she explains.

“Do you know who he is? Do you know who you’re talking to?” Profound words. And wait until you hear what else she has to say on the matter.

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Her words certainly struck a chord with me. It can be easy to wonder if God is listening. To doubt that he can still perform miracles as he did during Biblical times.

If this is you as well, let Esther’s sweet words sink in: “He’s the great giver. And there’s nothing too hard for him. Don’t give up. Keep on knocking. Keep on asking. Keep on praying. He’s listening. He’s listening.”

Thank you, Esther. I think so many of us needed to hear your words of wisdom today.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
Location
Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Entertainment, Faith




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