. . . pray continually . . .
I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer. ~Martin Luther
Pictured above is a bookmark which I use in my Bible. When it is given to me many years ago, I am a "wet-behind-the-ears" Christian who has not fully realized the power of and necessity for daily prayer. Every time I look at it, I remember fondly the person who gave it to me, and marvel at how far I have come in my prayer journey.
But, oh, how many days of raveling I experience along the way!
All because I'm praying with my head, not my heart. Believing in God, but not fully trusting Him. Turning worries and anxieties over to the One who can calm the storm, only to snatch them back and insist I can overcome my problems on my own.
Because prayer isn't about recitation, it's about relationship. It is being aware, every moment of every day, with every breath I take, that the Lord is present. Indwelling. Listening. Caring. Loving.
Because prayer isn't a monologue, it's a conversation. I talk to God then, in silence, I wait for His answer. His direction. His inspiration. His comfort.
Because prayer isn't about my will, it's about God's. Who knows my needs before I ask. Who knows what is better for me than I can ever hope to imagine.
The Lord is ever ready to listen to me. To you.
To hem us in on every side with His great love.
"For the Father above, He is listening with love, and He wants to answer us, so let us pray." ~Steven Curtis Chapman
C. S. Lewis once said, "Prayer doesn't change God, it changes me." How has prayer changed you?
Will you pray with me?
With every breath we take, Father, may we feel Your holy presence in our lives. Let our prayers be conversations of the heart, and not the head alone. May we continue to grow through the Holy Spirit in our relationship with You. Amen.