One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples."
I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time - waking and sleeping. It doesn't change God - it changes me. ~C. S. Lewis
Do you pray?
If you are a practicing Christian, I can see you scratching your head and wondering why I even pose this query. What a silly question, Martha. Of course, I do!
As I traverse my Lenten journey, I find myself reflecting upon the state of my own prayer life. Frankly, I'm disappointed in myself. And I can't help but think God is disappointed in me, too.
I pray, yes. But do I converse, really converse with my Abba? Place a big, fat check mark in the Needs Improvement box.
Am I praying about and for the needs of others? Thumbs-up! However, I could certainly do this with more consistency and regularity, having learned from past experience the amazing power of intercessory prayer.
Do I thank God often enough? Praise Him enough for all He has done?
Am I praying before and after I read His Word each day in Bible study?
Am I fully present to the words of others prayed aloud at church or at home?
Am I sitting still with Him, content simply to be before Him, knowing He is God?
And it seems that during Lent, the season of reflection for our souls, that scrutinizing my prayer life is something God is willing me to do.
Calling me to do.
I'm obeying; I want my life of prayer to be my life with every breath I take. I want to do it because, as C. S. Lewis discovered, I can't help myself . . . I'm helpless without the Lord . . .
I desire for my prayers to be a never-ending flow in the currents of the Living Waters.
I long to pray without ceasing.
Lord, teach me to pray.
And change me . . .
Have you ever felt the need to re-evaluate your prayer life?
Prayer: Father, help us to focus daily on praying to You from the moment we wake until the moment we fall asleep. Take our eyes off ourselves and lift them, instead, to You, the One who loves us perfectly and immeasurably, and is always waiting patiently to hear from us, Your children. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.