Our lives are flat-out wild this Spring. Four kids in sports and I’ll tell you something- if you have young kids- a day will come when your kids stay up as long or longer than you do, thus leaving no part of the day that you can just be alone and turn off unless you get up before everyone and so lately I have been and it is just sacred time.
Often I miss God. I haven’t been alone with Him and prayed- and then I wonder why I feel so selfish and apathetic.
Prayer is hard. It is talking to someone invisible. And it helps to embrace the belief that, this invisible God hears me and responds. I am not prone to talking to invisible beings.
And I think if we were all honest, the sin of prayerlessness is common. We have a hard time sitting still with ourselves. We feel restless and cranky and dealing with God seems daunting. But if we were asked, “Do you pray?” We would all pipe up, “of course!” Like if someone asked us, “do you love God?”…. “Of course.”
But do we really all take chunks of our day and form words in our minds, hearts, and mouths to an invisible God? Do we really pray?
Or would that “of course” be referring to mealtime or tucking our kids in? Or the toss-up “thank you God” as the plane lands on time and intact? Or would that “of course” be a lie because honestly, you can’t remember the last time you talked to God- not about Him- to Him?
NEVER STOP PRAYING. 1 THESSALONIANS 5:17
Paul suggests that our entire life could and should be lived in belief and dependence on that invisible God. We live in a generation that has run far from the bounds of legalism (which I applaud), but in doing so we have left behind all of the faculties designed to know and love our God. I want to need prayer and run to it with every discipline and desire…. so passionately that it was as if I were talking to God.
We must consider why we feel so stuck, so attacked or defeated, so messed up. Is it because we are not associated with God in any way but by title? Perhaps we are not living in life and peace, simply because we don’t believe God and so we don’t seek Him for it.
This is a war- there are two sides- and while One has already won- they both are pretty dad-gum powerful. One side is trying to bind you up and one side died for your freedom.
“I am undone, O God; be merciful to me, and forgive this awful sin of prayerlessness.”- Murray
Here is a tool I put together for you today. It is so terribly simple but such a gift to just give my frantic mind some focus. Many years ago I bought this little journal by Beth Moore called Whispers of Hope. It was simple, and it worked. I found that I could focus better with a pen in my hand…. so here is a little guide based on that experience I had many years ago. Just drop your email into the form below, confirm your subscription, and you will get the Prayer Guide PDF in your inbox!
I’d love to know… When do you pray? Is it hard for you?