Monday, April 22, 2013

Pray

Pray without ceasing -1 Thessalonians 5:17

It seems I've been in this rut of sorts.

And to be honest, I didn't even know I was in it.

Last week, I began to sense an urgency to pray for my family.

Dont get me wrong, I pray for my family...

I pray that they have a blessed day that there would be protection over them.

But what about really pray? About the specifics. About the things that I dream and desire for God to do in their lives?

Have I become satisfied with the "God is great" type prayers we learn as a child?

And what is my reaction to blessing or to tragedy? Is my immediate reaction to go to God, or to spread the news to my coworkers?

I think sometimes we get burnt out on prayer. We pray and we pray and we aren't getting the results we are looking for.

We pray for someone to find a job, and 6 months later they are still looking. We pray for someone to be healed, and they die anyway. We pray for restoration but we are still tied down by anger and bitterness...

Maybe just maybe we should stop acting like we know what's best.

Maybe Gods plan is better.

Maybe his silence isn't to make you feel alone, but rather to get you to more diligently seek his face.

Maybe his no means its not the right time.

Maybe he hasn't said yes, because you aren't willing to take the next step...

Maybe prayer isn't simply to convince God to do what we want.

Maybe in the process of making our requests known to God, it really changes us...

Changes our hearts our minds our perspective...

So try... Just give it a whirl. Pray without ceasing. At every opportunity. At every moment you would be compelled to gossip, tell God instead...

Maybe this is the change you've been waiting for. Maybe this is the step God has been waiting for you to take...

"In prayer it is better to have a heart without words, than words without a hearty"-Gandhi


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