On Praying

4 Jun

Like many Christians, I have struggled with prayer at times.  In recent days, I heard one thing that convicted me and read a verse in the Bible that challenged me.  First, I heard the Pastor of the Village Church, Matt Chandler, talking about the effects his brain tumor has had on his family.  He said his dad was never really a person of prayer before Matt got sick but now he is becoming a man of prayer.  Chandler was pointing out that the reason we don’t pray is not because we are too busy or too distracted, it is because we are too self-reliant.  So long as we think we are big enough to handle our problems, we won’t be people of prayer.  This was a pattern I recognized in my own life.  So I have been making a concerted effort to see just how dependent I really am on God for everything.  It hasn’t been hard to see once I really started looking. 

Recently, I was reading 1 Thessalonians and again read the familiar phrase, “pray without ceasing.”   I began to apply this to my life, just praying over everything.  It has been really interesting.  I have found great blessing in carrying on a more conversational type of prayer with the Lord through the day.  I am finding praise is a much larger part of my day.  Cries for help are much more frequent.  I have been more interested in others and less interested in self for the most part during this time.  And my sense of dependence on God for everything has certainly been strengthened.  I will not preach in my own strength tomorrow.  I don’t have what it takes to interact with people in a spiritually profitable way.  I don’t have much of anything to offer really.  But, God delights to give grace and power for every need in answer to prayer.  I encourage you to seek today to make prayer a continual part of your day.

One Response to “On Praying”

  1. Lynn Duncan June 5, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

    I needed this one. Thank you.

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