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Marsha:
Let me first say thank you for being there, and offering your assistance on this website.
I am in dire need of prayer.  I have been going through something for about 9 months, that I completely do not understand.  I have been a born again Christian for over 20 years, and am fairly confident in my relationship with the Lord.
I am a bit hesitant to go into too much detail, for it is a long story... but in general, I am a bit embarassed to say for this is totally unlike my behavior that atleast I know of myself.
I have become somewhat obsessed with thoughts of someone (a man of course) that I cannot seem to shake.  Again, it is not completely normal for me to feel this way about anyone.  But someone that I will never meet and never have met.  Could you pray for my stability, understanding, mind, soul and for my ability to take this problem - although I am bit unclear as to what is going on -  to the Lord.
I am a 48 year old single person who has never been married,and does not have close family or friends.
Thank you so much for your time, I could really use the prayers.
Blessings.
Leah

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Dear Leah,

The Bible says, "Come let us reason together with God."  That's what I'd do, something like this:
 
He made us with His own substance, the substance of Spirit, but now we "see through the glass darkly", so our spiritual likeness is not that clear to us all of the time.  But we do know that we are to be striving to have the mind of Christ; so when you find yourself hypnotized by thoughts of this man, replace them by contemplating the qualities that Christ Jesus demonstrated to his followers, endeavoring to manifest the same qualities in yourself.

It doesn't have to be complicated or long and drawn out but Jesus did tell us to "watch" so watch your thoughts like a solider would watch his post in the night and after the struggle, as Jesus also had with the devil in the wilderness, angels will come and minister to you and you will be free.

Also instruct your own mind that it can only think the thoughts that God gives you to think and God does not intend for you to be "hung-up", so you refuse to be.  Then know that your prayer has the words of truth and truth belongs to God so your prayer is the word of God and has all the power it needs.
I'm sure this line of "reasoning" prayer will help you if you persist.

Sincerely,
Marsha

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I can offer ideas on what makes prayer effective. I pray all day, in different ways and expect results in the forms of ideas, guidance and protection.

Experience

My mother was raised with prayer and she raised her family with prayer. It was the foremost answer to our problems. As I became a teenager I often wanted other solutions and rebelled many times but later on in my life, as I began to raise my own family I realized the value and necessity of prayer first, listings and following. I am now a grandmother and have seen countless situations change in my family as a result of prayer. I also relied on prayer in my classroom, as a teacher, to see me through the many difficulties of spending 24 years in some of the roughest areas of a large city. I worked from the premise that all children are gifted, by God, and nothing could stand in the way of that unique expression. When facing difficult situations in helping parents and students I always asked them if they believed in God. They never responded in the negative; so I encouraged them to pray and gave them some brief ideas that had helped me. They were always grateful and together we saw changes.

Organizations
Forming a nonprofit, Art Improving Academics, and also part of a group which is interested in starting a charter school based on the ideas of all children being gifted and incorporating the arts to improve their academics.

Publications
Over the years of classroom experience, I wrote a textbook/handbook for beginning reading wherein is included the prayerful ideas I used to get the results I got.

Education/Credentials
I am a retired teacher of grades K-3rd, and have now started a pre-K in it's second year. I have a BA in art, clear elementary teaching credential, 21 units in Early Childhood. My students' test scores, above the 50th%tile in gang infested areas, speaks to the effectiveness of the measures I used, all inspired by prayer.

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