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Have you ever asked God to show you a sign?

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Poll: Have you ever asked God to show you a sign? (61 member(s) have cast votes)

Have you ever asked God to show you a sign?

  1. yes, on occasion (31 votes [50.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 50.00%

  2. yes, more times then I can count (24 votes [38.71%])

    Percentage of vote: 38.71%

  3. nah, that's pointless (5 votes [8.06%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.06%

  4. nah, but Id be willing to try (2 votes [3.23%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.23%

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blackswan41

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I have always liked the prayer that God may help me in my disbelief to believe. I have used it at times, when my soul has run low on trust and high on anxiety. I have also resorted to asking Him in His graciousness to show me a sign, as proof for my measly trust, that He hears me.



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Marley

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More times than I can count, admittedly. I very rarely 'feel' God's presence so to speak so if I'm feeling particularly stressed out, or doubtful I often use the 'Lord, send me a sign!' or 'Lord, just show me what I'm supposed to do!'. Unfortunantly, these tend to be at times when I'm too frantic or busy to really listen for the answer. For me it often feels like I'm sitting around for months at a time waiting to catch just the slightest glimpse of a sign, whilst ignoring him all around me.

Of course, on the flip side I've also in my... well not arrogance, but just plain impatient exuberance asked 'Lord! Challenge me! I'm ready to do your will!'

That was a learning experience haha.

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I have, but I try to avoid pleading for signs because I feel as though big things aren't the way Christ talks to us. Also, God does not work on man's time. Who am I to think I can call down God whenever I want and demand for him to clarify something. He knows me better then I do, and He knows how to get my attention and get me to do something.


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I've been asking for signs for 17 years and I never got anything. This past fall I finally accepted what that meant.

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I might have done when I was younger

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I begged for a long time and I never got anything. But then again I've only had one easily explainable semi-religious experience. It wasn't the final nail in my deconversion coffin, but it was one of the bigger ones.

But what constitutes a sign anyway when you ask for one?

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I don't need signs. Too many miracles have already happened in my life for me to lose faith now.
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Hmmm, I don't think I've asked for actual signs, just a feeling of His presence. I don't know if that counts as a sign, though.

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Yeah, when my faith was extremely rocky I did.

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I have, but I try to avoid pleading for signs because I feel as though big things aren't the way Christ talks to us. Also, God does not work on man's time. Who am I to think I can call down God whenever I want and demand for him to clarify something. He knows me better then I do, and He knows how to get my attention and get me to do something.


I don't need signs. Too many miracles have already happened in my life for me to lose faith now.


These. :3 That said, I did a few times before I actually started working on my faith.

And I totally agree with what Zabby said... our faith shouldn't be based on our feeble human understanding. Once we realize that God is God, and we are man, we start to see that that God works on His time.

One thing that I've recently learned is that, yeah, God hears our prayers, but He may not work in the way we expected. In fact, we might never see the result of our efforts. For example, if I pray for a specific person to be healed, or saved, or anything, that might not happen until that person is no longer a part of my life. I obviously met them for a reason...so that I could pray for them, but who am I to expect God to work RIGHT NOW?

That and...if you take the time to listen to His voice every now and then, there are signs everywhere. Heck, I was noticing things when I was taking a biology course last semester. Marveling at the intricacies of the human body. The way everything happens on a cellular level... right place, right time... it was cool. And that to me is a sign of God's presence and existence. You don't have to look very far to find your signs...you just have to get a better understanding of who God is.

He's doing His job... I believe that if we're having problems with our faith, WE are the ones at fault.


 

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I have and He has answered me.

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I do this a lot. It's not to do with the amount of faith I have (I've had too many miracles in my life not to have strong (though sometimes wavering (everyone's does at one time or another)) faith)

It's more asking for Him to show me what He wants me to do in a certain situation. :)
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For any piece of cornbread wondering, I mean that God doesn't answer such things like that

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You don't have to look very far to find your signs...you just have to get a better understanding of who God is.

He's doing His job... I believe that if we're having problems with our faith, WE are the ones at fault.


Yes, but perhaps it's not really fault that we should dwell on but rather to ask for His continued grace upon us to build our bud of faith. A devoted father or mother are always willing to oblige.

Let me give an example. Recently my daughter asked me if I might show my love for her through some sort of valentine's recognition. Now, she and I have a wonderful relationship and I know, that she knows, that we love her intensely. But, there is nothing wrong with someone asking for a sign of that love to strengthen them for whatever reason. Sometimes, we all need a bit of a boost thru a physical sign. Christ does this most exactly as the physical sign of God's love.

All throughout the Old Testament, God has purposefully placed signs or prefigurements of what is to become the new law of love in the New Testament which is Christ.

If God knows that we need guideposts along this path of life as meager humans, we should have no shame in searching for these signs or humbly asking for additional signs of His presence in our life as well.

"It is not my business to think about myself. My business is to think about God.
It is for God to think about me. That is where listening begins."--Simone Weil


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Yes all the time!!!

I guess my favorite one would be the time I wasn't sure if I should redicate(sp?) my life to Him.

I was praying their with over 90 teenagers and one by one some were going up to redeticate(sp?) their lives. I wasn't sure God wanted me too and I was scared. I asked him that if it was His will, To take me hands and lead me up there.

Guess what God did. My hands went numb. I had no feeling in them whatsoever as I walked up to the group. Out of the 90 kids that night, over 70 walked up. God was there and we could all feel him. But I like to think out as, God touched my hands. He led me up there. Where else will he lead me?


soooo I know it may seem weird or something to you, but if you truly believe, I think God will give you anything you ask for when you're scared, angry, hurt, or whatever.
He was there when no one else was. God was. God Is. And God always will be.

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Have I ever asked God to show me a sign? Like, a dramatic one like Gideon did? No... :P Still, I feel that God shows me signs and hints that it's Him working even when I don't ask for signs. I do ask Him to be with me and give me a feeling of his presence when I need help to make a decision or whatever.

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I sometime ask for some sort of sign or simply to feel Gods presence. I am very spiritual but I don't get that feeling I hear most Christians talk about, feeling overwhelmed with the holy spirit and what not. Perhaps it is because I was born and raised Christian so God is just every day life sort of. But I sometimes pray for some kind of spiritual experience that will make it easier to have faith. But I guess God likes to chalenge His followers.
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I do, on occasion, ask for signs, but only when I REALLY feel lost.

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