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Tweaka
February 4th, 2008, 7:38pm
Here's a question... do you pray to win sweeps? Usually when I pray I ask for the usual.. for the family, my son, safety and the future of the country..

Lately, I've been squeezing sweeps on the end.. I was just wondering if anyone else does that ...

Thanks

Kutty1101
February 4th, 2008, 7:43pm
I don't pray to win them. All I can ask God for is my family's health, shelter, etc. I do Thank God being generous when I win though. I feel fortnate for any of the extras we get.

It may seem weird, but I think I have been blessed with certain wins when I could appreciate them the most.
Examples:
-----When I was going to Nursing school, and working 50hrs a week....my $300 car broke down. It was the only mode of transportation I had. I could not afford another one. That week I won a brand new Ford Mustang.

-------When I graduated College, I thanked my Mom for all the financial help she had given me. (My parents didn;t have much money at all, but they always found $10 or $20, or some groceries to help out when I visited.) I told my Mom that when I finally got a real job, I would take her on a nice trip. She had never been anywhere except Canada. That next week I won a $25,000 Trip Around the world. I took her, and it was a trip I will never forget!

-------This past fall I was telling my husband how I was worried about my little brother (age 25). He is a quiet person, and we never get the chance to spend any time together since I have a family and live far away. That next week I won a trip to the Country Music Awards. No one love Country more than him. I took him, and we had a wonderful ooprtunity to re-connect. My husband said it "was meant to be."

-------Today I found out I won $500 worth of diaper bag & diapers. Since I have 2 kids in diapers, and we are struggling to make ends meet.....this will be very appreciated.

Now, granted, I have been blessed with much extra too. But, I am thankful for the prizes that seem to come at the most opportune times~

sundonja
February 4th, 2008, 7:49pm
I don't. I figure there are those out there who need it way more than me, but I do praise God when I get a win.

Antmusic
February 4th, 2008, 7:52pm
If you did, God would answer with 1 of 3 answers...

"Yes"

"No"

and....

"Wait."

Does it hurt to pray for selfish gain? I don't know. :halo:

sharonseneker
February 4th, 2008, 7:52pm
:bouquet:Hi! I ask God's blessings on everything I do! Thanks! Sharon TN:bouquet:

silanti
February 4th, 2008, 7:53pm
No I don't pray for sweep wins. I do pray for help providing for my family. If that would be through a win so be it. :bouquet:

Pansy
February 4th, 2008, 7:58pm
I think its wrong to ask for wins, thats just me. I do give thanks for a win.

packerfan
February 4th, 2008, 8:06pm
Do not pray for wins, Just think positive and " The Secret" They will come :curtsy:

dopey
February 4th, 2008, 8:09pm
I don't pray for wins, but he's the first one I thank when I do win.

Tweaka
February 4th, 2008, 8:09pm
Maybe I wasn't as clear. I don't ask like "God please let me win a trip to Paris." I say something like "Please help me to find a way to afford a trip this year." In the back of my mind am I thinking a little about that sweep I entered.. yeah but it's not completely blatant.

Guess I should have been clearer.

I am very grateful for what I win and praise God for it.

I guess I didn't think that I was being selfish for including God in all that I do.. Gee sorry I asked.

Jessica25
February 4th, 2008, 8:13pm
If you did, God would answer with 1 of 3 answers...

"Yes"

"No"

and....

"Wait."

Does it hurt to pray for selfish gain? I don't know. :halo:

I don't think it is selfish gain. Extra money frees up money for other things, like spending time with your kids or family going to the movies or playing golf, etc. God is like a father. Do our children ask for special things? Do we expect them to just have the bare minimum to get by on? It is my humble opinion, but I see nothing wrong with asking Him for things you want.....like you said, maybe yes, maybe no, maybe later.....

many wins!!!!

obxhatteraslight
February 4th, 2008, 8:14pm
mind provoking posts:):)
I don`t really pray for a win but I`ll send my wishes out there for the Pixie Dust Fairy. Its the same one as the toothfairy, well at least that is how I relate.:bump::bump::bump:

guan00
February 4th, 2008, 8:16pm
absolutely not :worry:

aycorn
February 4th, 2008, 8:22pm
no, sweeping is not that serious lol

Ladybigmac
February 4th, 2008, 8:30pm
I ask God daily to help us get thru these tough times until I can start collecting SS. Sometimes part of that prayer is a "reminder" that winning $$ thru a sweeps win would really help us. Of course, my prayers are conversations with God. I say everything that is on my mind. I express my desire to win certain things, like a trip that we would especially like, or whatever. If it is Gods will, it'll happen. If it doesn't happen, it was not meant to be.

Deedles
February 4th, 2008, 8:31pm
I don't pray to win but I do thank him when I do win.

Globug_47
February 4th, 2008, 8:38pm
I don't pray for wins, but he's the first one I thank when I do win.

Me too! :grin3:

RockysJewel
February 4th, 2008, 8:56pm
Yes, I always ask for His blessings on ALL I do. Most times the answer is not today and that is Ok

sundonja
February 4th, 2008, 9:06pm
Maybe I wasn't as clear. I don't ask like "God please let me win a trip to Paris." I say something like "Please help me to find a way to afford a trip this year." In the back of my mind am I thinking a little about that sweep I entered.. yeah but it's not completely blatant.

Guess I should have been clearer.

I am very grateful for what I win and praise God for it.

I guess I didn't think that I was being selfish for including God in all that I do.. Gee sorry I asked.

It isn't selfish. God knows what we are thinking regardless of what we are saying and praying for. It is just a matter of personal taste. I think it is great that you include God in all you do. During Christmas time, I pray for a close spot at the mall and he always delivers. :highfive:. There is no difference between me wanting a close spot and you praying for wins. Please do not take offense to some of the posts. I don't think anyone meant it that way. You asked a question and people were honest. It is just their opinion. Nothing more, nothing less.

Zagnut444
February 4th, 2008, 9:16pm
No, but great idea. GOD, I pray I win the lottery!!

Lorren
February 4th, 2008, 9:16pm
Not really. Well, I take that back. I sometimes pray that I'll win a Wii.

However, God sometimes answers prayers through sweeps for me. We've had a really rough last 12 months. There have been several times when sweeps would answer my prayers in that amount of time. When I noticed that my daughter needed new underwear and dh had just lost his job, a $25 Target Gift Card arrived that paid for underwear, diapers, a loaf of bread and strawberry jelly.

Right now, dh has been unemployed for 1 1/2 months now, although he's accepted a couple of temp assignments that have helped a little. I've been praying for our finances, and I found out that I won a $100 gift card from Chik-Fil-A. My dh has been borrowing my iPod for school, and I just won a Nexus XM 25 Satellite Radio and MP3 player yesterday... so we were blessed in that regard as well.

I've spent a lot of my generic gift card wins on diapers and food... so I guess they are answers to prayers, but not in the "please Lord provide me with a vacation in Paris" sort of way.

robsterclaw
February 4th, 2008, 9:19pm
I never did until we were told we won the Chevy trip to the Daytona 500. 50 winners and 10 will go home with a $30,000 car. We could really use a new car, but if we decided to sell it, the money would kill off most of our debt and make it easier tp pay off the rest. When I catch myself thinking please God let me win this I stop myself because it seems unimportant in the grand scheme of things. I do always say thanks when I win. And my 2 biggest cash wins came at the most needed times.

Jessica25
February 4th, 2008, 9:36pm
I never did until we were told we won the Chevy trip to the Daytona 500. 50 winners and 10 will go home with a $30,000 car. We could really use a new car, but if we decided to sell it, the money would kill off most of our debt and make it easier tp pay off the rest. When I catch myself thinking please God let me win this I stop myself because it seems unimportant in the grand scheme of things. I do always say thanks when I win. And my 2 biggest cash wins came at the most needed times.

Sometimes I think the same thing with the whole scheme of things, but I had a friend who had the hiccups all day and prayed for God to heal them while they were saying Grace at the table. She was young, maybe 7. Her dad disciplined her in front of their dinner guests for asking God to be bothered with something so insignificant when there were more 'important' things to pray for. Then one of the dinner guests pointed out that her hiccups were gone. It was eye opening for her, even at that young age.....and me too. She was in her late 20's when she told me the story, so it definitely impacted her to stick with her all those years.

Suesur
February 4th, 2008, 9:37pm
I ask him to bless the work of my hands. This includes sweeping. So my answer is yes. :gift:

wetwist
February 4th, 2008, 9:51pm
I pray that He provides for our financial needs, and to "bless the sweeping."

It's a way God has definitely helped us many times. Whether it's an item we needed, or something we could sell to get the money we needed, or something to give away, or just something to enjoy...

The biggest "wow, what a provision" through sweeping has been the MacBook we won which came at a time that my husband needed some way to record his original music, through which his performance is a chunk of our income. It's also a ministry, in that his original music is Christian music. Check out the link in my siggy to hear some of it!

Every time we take inventory of all that we have won, and how we have used it, we're blown away. I'm selling some of my wins right now to meet a financial need.

I once saw a post that mocked the idea that God blesses people with wins, and that gave me a good chuckle. Of course, that person wouldn't understand, but I know personally just how God has provided for us, and how often!

tupik3702
February 4th, 2008, 10:00pm
OMG.............................OH MY GOD!

There's a many more words to say when one wins a win however, it seems that this is the most used phrase.:encore:

Quadratic
February 4th, 2008, 10:01pm
Yes, that way he can know what my needs are... My prayers seem to have the most effect when I am specific...don't know why tho

lummer5000
February 4th, 2008, 10:27pm
I don't pray for wins.

But occasionally, in passing, I ask "Why not?"

As Tevye said in "Fiddler On The Roof",
Would it spoil some vast eternal plan
If I were a wealthy man?

If I win, Thanks!
If I don't, Who cares? *shrug*

GeekBearingGifts
February 5th, 2008, 12:13am
No I don't pray for sweep wins. I do pray for help providing for my family. If that would be through a win so be it. :bouquet:

I don't pray for wins, but he's the first one I thank when I do win.

However, God sometimes answers prayers through sweeps for me.

Ditto, ditto, and ditto. Through something our Stake President said to the adults of the stake about seeking get-rich-quick schemes, I got reinforcement of my belief about how I should prioritize "sweeping": It is my hobby, and when it yields benefits, it is a gift from God, but I should not depend on it to take care of myself or my family. Instead we [my family] should seek professions and/or businesses where we can find enjoyment and satisfaction, as well as income.

As someone said recently at a family function when we were talking about my wins, "Someone has to win. Why not you?"

andiee1123
February 5th, 2008, 12:23am
I don't pray to win but I do thank him when I do win.



Same here! I just don't feel right to pray for a win.

sheri
February 5th, 2008, 12:46am
I do believe God knows our every desire and whether we specifically pray for a win or not he knows the effort we put forth to win and I do believe he answers with wins along they way.
I do pray daily for our finances and health and safety for our family!
In December we were able to finally move from a crime ridden Neighborhood with a $10,000 win that I know was Gods blessing!
I thank him daily for all blessings and pray he continues to bless us in all that we do!

bbking
February 5th, 2008, 1:01am
Sometimes we forget that we should talk to God about everything in our lives so there is nothing wrong with talking to Him about the contests we enter. Do I actually pray for a win? I dont remember being specific but yes, we talk about my hobby. And of coarse, when I win I always thank Him for brightening my day a little bit. Just my way of looking at my religion and how I feel about it in my heart. Good luck everyone I am saying a little Prayer for all of you. And those of you who dont believe as I do, thats ok. I am not telling you my way is the only way cause I sure know better than that, I am just saying this is my way. Blessings.

magoo
February 5th, 2008, 1:09am
My 86 year old grandmother discovered slot machines a few years ago. She takes bus trips every few months to a casino in Michigan. She made me laugh because some of the nuns that belong to the church my grandmother goes to sometimes make the trip. She said they wear street clothes when they go and one told my grandmother "Dorothy, don't call me Sister Agnes while we're at the casino today....just Agnes is fine" :rofl3:

According to my grandmother "just Agnes" does bless the machine and pray before she sits down. She's been known to hit a few jackpots ;) Now my grandmother refuses to ask the Lord for that which is probably why the casino is slowly cleaning out my grandmother's rainy day fund :rofl3:

sheri
February 5th, 2008, 1:14am
My 86 year old grandmother discovered slot machines a few years ago. She takes bus trips every few months to a casino in Michigan. She made me laugh because some of the nuns that belong to the church my grandmother goes to sometimes make the trip. She said they wear street clothes when they go and one told my grandmother "Dorothy, don't call me Sister Agnes while we're at the casino today....just Agnes is fine" :rofl3:

According to my grandmother "just Agnes" does bless the machine and pray before she sits down. She's been known to hit a few jackpots ;) Now my grandmother refuses to ask the Lord for that which is probably why the casino is slowly cleaning out my grandmother's rainy day fund :rofl3:

Oh that is too funny:rofl3:

lifesfun
February 5th, 2008, 1:28am
no, sweeping is not that serious lol

Unless you win the HGTV house. :grin3:

Hillary26
February 5th, 2008, 1:37am
I do pray about it because there are so many things that my family needs and cannot afford. I just pray that God will bless me, and allow to to win the things that my family needs.

lvtrance
February 5th, 2008, 2:02am
No, I don't pray at all, I only rely on my self

Mendacious Moose
February 5th, 2008, 2:05am
I don't pray for wins, but he's the first one I thank when I do win.


Same here. :encore:

Mendacious Moose
February 5th, 2008, 2:06am
My 86 year old grandmother discovered slot machines a few years ago. She takes bus trips every few months to a casino in Michigan. She made me laugh because some of the nuns that belong to the church my grandmother goes to sometimes make the trip. She said they wear street clothes when they go and one told my grandmother "Dorothy, don't call me Sister Agnes while we're at the casino today....just Agnes is fine" :rofl3:

According to my grandmother "just Agnes" does bless the machine and pray before she sits down. She's been known to hit a few jackpots ;) Now my grandmother refuses to ask the Lord for that which is probably why the casino is slowly cleaning out my grandmother's rainy day fund :rofl3:


:rofl3:

one_nanana
February 5th, 2008, 2:06am
Actually, I have a cute story about this... and I posted here after I won...

My girlfriend's daughter prayed one night to go see Hannah Montana when she came to town. My friend blogged about it, and said that with ticket prices being $130 each there was no way that her daughter was going unless she won them...

Well I prayed about it, she entered contests, I of course entered sweeps and nothing. Still the little girl prayed...

ON THE DAY OF THE CONCERT, a local tv station had two pairs of tickets. I won one.

The little girl was so happy and my friend was just in total shock. It still brings me tears to my eyes when I think about her prayer. The moral that I took away from the story was: nothing is too small for God to be concerned about. Even a 9 year old girl and Hannah Montana.

elizabethb
February 5th, 2008, 7:33am
Nooooooo. I would never, ever pray for material gain. God isn't Santa Claus.

Now, never say never. For example, if we were really down and out and looking for a way to feed our kids, then I would pray for help, but no way would I ask God for an iPod or a trip.

Mgster
February 5th, 2008, 7:41am
Never. I pray for the health of my family and friends and serious things. However, I have been known to thank God if I win something wonderful!

joyce14120
February 5th, 2008, 7:58am
Most likely the same way you and most others here do. Not in a greedy way but in a way that would help make ends meet or brighten our lives. Thanking God when we receive something is equal to asking for help in receiving it because it helps us realize that "we" are not the end all, be all in making things happen. I always pray for strenghth, wisdom and a little luck.

I also believe that God helps those who help themselves. Sweeping is not only a hobby but a way to maybe get things that we wouldn't normally. If I'm lazy and don't enter, I definately won't win.

good luck and may God be with you.

rdhill007
February 5th, 2008, 8:52am
I don't pray to win but I do thank him when I do win.

That's what I do. Depending on the win, my son and hubby do too.

BeautifulPromise2621
February 5th, 2008, 9:01am
Specifically, no, that would be sacrilegious. I do thank Him that He may choose to bless my family (financially and/or emotionally) via this outlet. And when I win something that makes a difference in my life (example: recent win of a $1,000 scholarship), I of course thank Him. But in the sense of "please let me win sweeps", absolutely not.

sascha_b
February 5th, 2008, 9:03am
Nooooooo. I would never, ever pray for material gain. God isn't Santa Claus.

Now, never say never. For example, if we were really down and out and looking for a way to feed our kids, then I would pray for help, but no way would I ask God for an iPod or a trip.

Wow, you just posted exactly what I was thinking but couldn't find the right words to say.

packerfan
February 5th, 2008, 9:13am
Actually, I have a cute story about this... and I posted here after I won...

My girlfriend's daughter prayed one night to go see Hannah Montana when she came to town. My friend blogged about it, and said that with ticket prices being $130 each there was no way that her daughter was going unless she won them...

Well I prayed about it, she entered contests, I of course entered sweeps and nothing. Still the little girl prayed...

ON THE DAY OF THE CONCERT, a local tv station had two pairs of tickets. I won one.

The little girl was so happy and my friend was just in total shock. It still brings me tears to my eyes when I think about her prayer. The moral that I took away from the story was: nothing is too small for God to be concerned about. Even a 9 year old girl and Hannah Montana.

HOw true- Great story

jennem
February 5th, 2008, 10:53am
No. I pray for health and happiness and security for myself and my family and the world. If that means I win a sweep that would help with some of that, fine, but to mention it specifically? I don't know about that. Stuff like that is for throwing pennies in a fountain, or a wishbone, not God.

knottymonkey
February 5th, 2008, 11:00am
I pray for God's will. He knows our financial situation, etc., and He's always taken care of us one way or another. Now if He wants to bless me with a new Lexus RX 400, I'm certainly not going to turn it down. :wink4:

kevp777
February 5th, 2008, 11:15am
I believe God will only answer a prayer when it is something we need in life. All things are possible through God, however I believe God expects us to do our part. If you pray for good health then you should do everything you can to ensure your health is good and God will do the rest. If you pray for work then you should do everything you can to get a job or advance in your career. If God has a plan for you and winning a sweep would advance that plan then God may grant your prayer but I don't think God will give cake when all you need is bread.

Defenderofthefaith
February 5th, 2008, 11:29am
Interesting thread--thank you for starting this, OP. I believe that the Heavenly Father is in control of all things and for a believer HE either directly wills something or allows it. I don't pray to win specifically, but I allow everything daily to be in His Hands.

jellosheriff
February 5th, 2008, 11:36am
I did once.

I asked Him to test me- to let me win something big and I'd prove to Him that I'd tithe on the win. I won a boat from the McDonald's Monopoly game on an instant win ticket a few days later. They subbed cash for the prize and I donated $1,000 to the church from my $9,200 win.

Tweaka
February 5th, 2008, 11:45am
I've read some very interesting points from praying to God for any and everything, to conversations with Him to only relying on yourself.

I guess at one point I thought that it would be a horrible thing..but since I have a relationship with Him that is more of a conversational prayer it's not that big of a deal. It was interesting to see the varying degrees of relationships with Him.

I LOVED the "bless the work of my hands" I added that to my morning prayers and since I'm school administration I added my speech and I needed it.. had to suspend two kids today and call tons of parents.

Thank you for your participation!

sascha_b
February 5th, 2008, 12:01pm
I've read some very interesting points from praying to God for any and everything, to conversations with Him to only relying on yourself.

One of the most interesting threads I've read here in a long time. It's also cool that there's no flaming or pushing one's viewpoint on another....:cheer:

I guess at one point I thought that it would be a horrible thing..but since I have a relationship with Him that is more of a conversational prayer it's not that big of a deal. It was interesting to see the varying degrees of relationships with Him.

Or maybe how we view his relationship towards us. I can certainly have a personal conversation with God, but maybe there's differences in beliefs on how specifically he listens. I believe he hears our "needs" (if my family is in dire financial straits...) but is not necessarily concerned with our "solutions" (if you so see fit to bring a win my way....). Does that make sense?
I added that to my morning prayers and since I'm school administration I added my speech and I needed it.. had to suspend two kids today and call tons of parents.

I'm glad you had the faith and grace to assist you in this difficult work.

sabunda
February 5th, 2008, 12:03pm
No, but I do give thanks. This is a very good thread.
I have always thought it was selfish, and didn't want to bother God.
I guess it couldn't hurt to be more specific. He does answer prayers.

Charity

secular
February 5th, 2008, 12:03pm
To the OP, no. I pray for good luck and if it happens to come in the form of a win then so be it.

karen4322
February 5th, 2008, 12:25pm
I pray for God's will. He knows our financial situation, etc., and He's always taken care of us one way or another. Now if He wants to bless me with a new Lexus RX 400, I'm certainly not going to turn it down. :wink4:

This is how I pray - for his will in everything I do, sweeping included. Only he knows if a win will be a good thing for me or ultimately bad (such as the last HGTV house winner!). Did my kids NEED the shuffles I won for them for Christmas? Absolutely not, but it was a great blessing. The bible says, If you who are evil know how to give good gifts, how much more does your Father who is in Heaven ( I am paraphrasing, of course). So, I pray for his will, try not to get discouraged during the dry spells (right now) and thank him for the blessings he gives me.
Karen

Noggy
February 5th, 2008, 12:27pm
If you did, God would answer with 1 of 3 answers...

"Yes"

"No"

and....

"Wait."

Does it hurt to pray for selfish gain? I don't know. :halo:

I think He might also add comments like..."Ask and you shall receive" or "You have not because you ask not."

I know that God knows what I have need of even before I ask, but I have noticed with amazement how speedily He answers my "conversations" with him about things that need resolution and I have no idea how to resolve them. I have seen sooooo many "same day" answers its made believers out of everyone I know (including the unsaved) in the power of prayer.

This I know...that He can find my one entry among tens of thousands if it is something that will benefit my life or bring me joy. Just the way He can find me among millions who are calling out His name all at the same time or the times He has snatched me from the very jaws of death and preserved my life. What loving parent can't distinguish the voice of their child in a crowded room? He is no different.

Janir
February 5th, 2008, 2:46pm
If you did, God would answer with 1 of 3 answers...

"Yes"

"No"

and....

"Wait."

Does it hurt to pray for selfish gain? I don't know. :halo:

Those sound more like Magic 8 Ball answers!

lazybonesd
February 5th, 2008, 3:06pm
I pray something along the lines that God will bless my sweepstakes hobby so that I can take care of my family or give more to others than I could otherwise. I don't think he would answer if it was purely for selfish reasons.