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God’s Part + Our Part

Even our best efforts are inadequate without God’s wisdom and strength.

By Gillian Bethel

Have you noticed the human tendency to pray only about things we think we can’t handle? I had to learn a lesson about overconfidence and the importance of asking for help from God even when I felt I could handle things on my own.

When I was an apprentice cook in a college cafeteria many years ago, I prayed a lot at first. If you’re making enormous quantities of food and you mess up a recipe, it’s expensive and embarrassing. I realized prayer was needed. But as time passed and I became more experienced, I didn’t pray about my work anymore. I was confident I could handle it.

One lunchtime, 30 minutes before opening, I was taking three long catering-size pans of spaghetti in sauce to the oven to keep it warm. I moved two from the cart to the oven and reached for the last one

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