Our church started a 4 week series on prayer. Don’t you just breathe a sigh of relief when you read that? There is always something to learn about prayer, and I am learning about it on different sides these days!
God must be trying to teach me lots about communicating with Him. Over at Linda’s blog, we are doing a 6 week study on the book, “Invitation to Solitude and Silence” by Ruth Haley Barton which has fascinated me. I am 2 weeks in to my new practice of sitting alone, allowing God to just be with me. I am not asking for anything for 10 whole minutes a day! If I want my relationship to grow deeper, I must not be the one always talking. Not easy for a chatty person who likes to fill silences.
Then we started the prayer series at NorthStar on Sunday. The fact that God will never leave me alone for the rest of my life just blows me away. He even thinks of me when I don’t think of Him. You know how often I just go about my day and either don’t talk to God or send Him up a quick prayer? Most of the day.
Wisdom is something that I strive for in my life, but I won’t truly gain any until I allow God to go through my days with me. Yes, it seems crazy that the God who is in control of the universe and has major fish to fry also wants to get up close and personal with me. He wants for me to seek Him out not only when I feel really good or really bad. God just wants to be with me. Period.
Communicating with other people isn’t that different from communicating with God. Both require talking and listening from both parties. A one sided conversation will never get very far, so I have been trying to give God a chance to get a word in. While He wants to know my heart, I also need to know His. I need to feel His love and nearness, and that is tough to do in this fast paced world. Taking time to be alone and quiet every day gives me the balance I need.
Working on my prayer life is something I will do for the rest of my life. I believe that this is an area that will grow exponentially the more I put into it. It is time that will always be well spent.
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