I've been reading Daniel Henderson's Transforming Prayer and this is a quote from that book.
So, I'll ask. How's your prayer life?
- Do you tend towards issuing those SOS messages in the midst of challenges?
- Do you pray each morning and mentally check it off your to-do list?
- Do you have an ongoing conversation with the Lord throughout your day?
- Do you realize at the end of the day that your forgot to pray?
I have to be honest. There have been times when I could identify with each of these scenarios.
I'm in a relationship with my husband Greg. We've been married close to 27 years now. We have time together each morning. We've become closer this past year than ever before and it's in the midst of ongoing trials and challenges. That really blows my mind too!
When I come home from work, Greg and I sit down together and talk. He is interested in how my day went and I'm interested in his day. We laugh and consider options when there are problems we encounter. We do this together.
If I simply lived with Greg but had no dialogue, it wouldn't be much of a relationship. We would exist and live together but we'd miss out on the closeness that develops when we listen to each other's hearts.
When I consider that the God of All Creation desires to be in a relationship with little old me ...I am amazed.
As a Christian, Jesus paid the penalty for my sins. So I can boldly come into the presence of God. Jesus intercedes for me as my High Priest.
How amazing and overwhelming is that?
So, do I simply pray and ask for all the requests on my list? Or do I pour out my heart and take the time to praise Him? Do I actually listen and then obey Him?
The more time I spend in His Word, the more I grow to love Him. Because of that love, my heart is changed. I long for His desires to become my desires. I let go of my plans and submit to His plans. After all, He knows my heart better than I ever could know it.
How about you? How's your prayer life? Are your daily activities crowding out time to pray? Is your ministry getting in the way of spending time with the Lord?
I encourage you to give us your take on this quote. Simply write a post on your blog and then come back and link up. Or simply add a comment below. I look forward to reading each one of yours.
Blessings and love,