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「何も思い煩わないで、あらゆるばあいに、感謝をもってささげる祈りと願いによって、あなたがたの願い事を神に知っていただきなさい。」 ピリピ人への手紙 4:6




The other day I had to go to the Apaman Shop (real estate office) in Kokura. I had been there before, so I remembered the location. I was confident that I could find the shop right away, so I did not take my GPS or the address or a map.


However, when I arrived at the location that I remembered, I could not find the shop. I knew it was somewhere in the vicinity, so for the next 30 minutes I drove around the area several times. As I searched for the shop, I became more and more upset. “If I have to return to my home and check the address, it will take twice as much time and I will have to pay the expressway toll twice.”


I finally gave up on finding the shop by myself and prayed to the Lord. “Lord, I do not have the time to go home and come back, and I do not want to pay the toll twice. Please help me.” The next moment, I saw the shop on the left side of the road. Thanking the Lord over and over, I went to the shop and took care of my business.


Through this experience, I remembered two things about prayer. First, prayer is not just for big problems. When there are various small problems in our daily lives, let’s pray then too.


The other thing that I remembered is that it is not good to make prayer our last resort. If I had prayed earlier, I would not have wasted 30 minutes of my time and gasoline.


When we have a problem, no matter how small a problem it may be, through prayer, let’s seek the help of the Lord right away. 

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6)

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