I’m all tearful right now, but trying not to show it.
My prayer for a new opportunity has just been answered.
Every year I try to get closer and closer to God and what he wants for my life.
This year my focus is on prayer.
For the last few weeks, my prayers are becoming more deliberate and specific.
It has occurred to me that it’s not much use to send prayers out to the universe that are lazy.
Of course God already knows what I need. The question is – do I know?
Casting ourselves at God’s feet in helpless desperation is all well and good – heaven knows, I’ve done it myself plenty of times – but ultimately we’re likely to get more out of the experience if we take some action on our end.
Prayer is a relationship, in that half the job is ours and then the rest is up to God. God’s promise to us is “I will never leave you nor forsake you” – Hebrews 13:5-6.
If we want transformation, but can’t even be bothered to articulate what exactly, we’re aiming for, how will it ever occur?
Half the benefit of prayer is in the asking itself, in the offering of a clearly posed and well-considered intention. If we don’t have this, all our pleas and desires are boneless, flippy and inert, they swirl at our feet in a cold fog and never lift.
So now I take the time every morning and night to search myself for specificity about what I am truly asking for.
I close my eyes and kneel down when I can for as long as it takes me to formulate an authentic prayer. If I don’t feel sincere, then I will keep my eyes closed and remain there until I do.
What worked yesterday doesn’t always work today. Prayers can become stale and drone into the boring and familiar if we let our attention stagnate.
So today let’s try to really connect with God when praying.