Prayer Life In Training

A couple of weeks ago, our pastor preached on prayer and the importance of it. It was such a good message & sweet reminder for me. Obviously to have a good relationship with your spouse, your children, your friends – there must be open communication. Same can be said with God. He wants to hear from us. He wants us to talk to him daily. He clearly loves us. I’m going to be brutally honest here and say that I struggle with this area of my relationship with the Lord. Praying does not come easy for me. At least not on a daily basis. Oh, I can pray when there is a need – when I’m struggling with something, my kids are sick, when Ryan interviewed for his new job, when there is a death in the family, a friend has lost a job, etc. It’s easy for me to remember to pray when there is something wrong or someone is hurting or something big is going down. But it’s hard for me to remember to pray on the days when everything is going A-ok. On that random Tuesday when nothing major is happening and everything is just fine…I may forget altogether to pray that entire day. Do you struggle with this?

I’ve read books like A Praying Life and Forgotten God. Mentally, I know what is right and true. I know I need to pray to my heavenly Father, just like I talk to Ryan every day and just like I expect my own kids to talk to me. We need to “pray continually” as it says in Thessalonians. Spiritually, I have to work on this. Just like training to run this marathon, I have to train myself to pray each and every day. After hearing Doug’s message, I told Ryan that I was going to work on this more. So here is what I’ve challenged myself with: I need to realize that prayers do not always have to be requests, so I am going to pray more thanksgiving prayers. Prayers to just praise God for all that He has blessed me and my family with. Thanking him for the creation I get to run through, my children’s health and their beautiful faces, my warm cozy bed, good tasty food, my loving husband, great friends to share life with, freedom of worship,  our house, my morning cup of coffee, the fact that this world is not my home, etc. After all, any and everything good comes from Him. He deserves a thank you, every day. I tell my kids this all the time…I need to apply it more in my own prayer life.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” – James 1:17

Life is hard and usually there is something you can think to lift up in prayer. But when all is going ok and there is not an immediate need, simply praise Him for that! There is really always something you can talk to God about. He desires that. The creator of the universe cares for us more than anything. His love for us is indescribable. He wants to provide for our needs, yes. But more than anything he wants that sweet relationship with us. Each day. How awesome is that?

“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.” – Ephesians 3:17-18

“Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” – Matthew 6:26

Bird on the Coast of New Hampshire, November 2011