You Just Never Know

“I’m remembering a quote that said that if all the prayers I ever prayed consisted of “Help,” “Thanks,” and “Wow,” I’d be doing alright.”

I read these words tonight over at Ragamuffingospelfan’s Blog and they hit the nail right on the head for me. For this is my prayer life in a nutshell. Maybe not something I would want to admit in some circles, but I have never claimed perfection, and long and lengthy prayers are so very darn hard for me to focus on. Not sure why, it just is what it is. However, I can keep a running commentary of help Lord, thanks Lord and wow Lord, going on all day, but still quiet devoted intercessory prayer……no. I tend to wander off into the corners of my mind and pick through the days unfulfilled dreams and desires, or perhaps unfortunately, the day’s discards and lost opportunities. Thus a set aside time of prayer for me tends to turn into self-indulgent navel gazing instead.

I love how so often, it is the small unexpected encounters with another’s words and ideas that can make such a difference in one’s own life. Like for instance tonight, recognizing that I have been trying to approach and encounter prayer in a manner which is all wrong for me, and instead of feeling like a selfish failure in this aspect of my Christian walk, I should embrace prayer where I am today, what I do well today, what works for me today, rather than continuing to strive after a one size fits all approach, where I am trying to fit myself into a rhythm and mold that squeezes me mercilessly, until all my joy runs out onto the floor and evaporates.

Then tonight, lo and behold, in my face, is the answer. I’m doing alright, because you know what, there is no definable right way, only the way which connects you with the Holy Spirit within, and only you can find that path. It is an individual thing.

So wow Lord I am so awestruck by Your ability to weave my needs into the works of others and lead me to them!

Thank you Lord for this peace filled day.

Lord please give comfort and help to all those in need, and please open the eyes of those still stifled by darkness and show them Your glory!

Please Lord let this post be pleasing to You and bring You glory.

That is easy, this I can do without ceasing ❤️

It is amazing Lord, this gift You have given us. This ability to learn. I gotta tell ya Lord. It rocks!

Blessings Belinda

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4 thoughts on “You Just Never Know

  1. I know exactly how you feel, I often have these same problems while praying. My pastor recommended a book on this subject and I read it while on vacation this summer. It’s called “How to Pray” by Ronnie Floyd. In it he describes the most important aspects of prayer which I wrote out on the cover of my prayer journal; confession, praise, thanksgiving, petition and intersession. He describes each one in depth in the book and it has been a great resource for me!

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  2. This morning I am going to be preaching on prayer. I had a direction I was going to take, but it changed, and now I am going to be looking at how Paul prayed for certain churches in Ephesians 1, Col. 1 and maybe 2 Thessalonians chapter 1. All of his prayers had similar elements, and those elements are good suggestions for how we should pray for each other. But of course, like you pointed out in your post, we don’t want to force ourselves into so strict of a method that we lose the joy and awe of coming before the throne of our Father.

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    • If you preach as open and heartfelt as you write, Wowzer! I wish I was there. I was going to say knock um dead, but I suppose you actually want to knock um alive into Jesus. Have fun, and may the peace, joy, and love of the Lord be with you. ❤️

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