There has been a time when I spent 90 percent of my prayer (if not all of them) asking God what I needed and wanted. I guess there is nothing wrong with the asking part. But I sure do feel that there is something I have to change with the way I pray.
So one day, I just made it a point to thank God for every blessing I receive---including the small, not so extraordinary blessings. We may call them the ordinaries of life; they are blessings too.
I do believe that the Giver of these blessings are most happy to give to a grateful receiver. And the more grateful we can be, the more we receive blessings.
Well, here is one account that I want to take so as to explain what I mean:
Aunt Clotilde has been a cheerful giver to kids in my neighborhood. She of course has been giving a lot of her time sharing her blessings to street children.
One Sunday morning after passing by a toy shop from the Church, Aunt Clotilde gave Mark a new toy truck. While she gave Tony a small yoyo, which she got from the toy shop for buying the toy truck. These kids were her usual sight along the way to her house.
Tony was so grateful that he kept on thanking her while going round and round on Aunt Clodtilde, as she was walking toward her place. Jumping around her, playing the yoyo while thanking her. This moved Aunt's heart.
While Mark, on the other hand, stayed behind on the street and played his new truck as soon as he got it from Aunt.
The next Sunday, Aunt bought a new toy for Mark, and Tony got the little extras or freebies again. The same thing happened. Mark was so engrossed with his toy while Tony thanked her again and again.
One Sunday during the advent season, Aunt Clotilde decided to buy a bicycle for Tony; while giving Mark another new toy, a plane.
This time, Mark did not make a stop to play when he got his toy. Instead he went after Aunt Clotilde asking for the bicycle of Tony. Tony remained to be grateful with a big smile thanking Aunt Clodtilde as he was as always behind her as she was going toward her house.
Aunt Clotilde just answered Mark: "Oh Mark, you had your pretty new toys for some time now. Let us give Tony the bicycle this time. Can you see how grateful and happy he is every time he gets a present from me?"