Pray.

Confession—last week when we started to eat, pray, and love, I thought this would be a quick, fun, little 3 day series.  One that would be timely and relate to the inundation of “Eat, Pray, Love” paraphernalia, articles, and ads I had seen everywhere (maybe that’s just because I tend to get my “news” from People and Us Weekly).

Regardless, as I continue, I begin to see when it comes to God, how much bigger these three little words are.

So I guess this leads me into prayer and why I eased into it yesterday with a little YouTube video.  I have no idea where to begin, but I’m excited about how God will show up. 

As I pray, read, and think about prayer, my mind is all over the place and I keep learning and discovering new things.  I mean, we could have a whole blog on prayer and never begin to scratch the surface.

Prayer is our lifeline.  Our way of communicating and talking with the God of the Universe.  Through prayer we can praise Him, worship Him, pour out our hearts, confess, pray for others, bear our burdens…there are few things that are off limits when it comes to prayer.

Prayer brings answers.  I can’t tell you how many times I try to fix or address things on my own only to fall flat on my face.  But, when I resolve to pray through them, even though it may take patience and restraint on my part, I watch as God picks up my burdens and begins to move.

There is a book that continues to be recommended to me called A Praying Life by Paul Miller.  I referenced it here a while back.  I haven’t read it yet, but after reading several reviews, I’m moving it to the top of my list.  Miller writes about prayer not out of duty or obligation, but out of our deep need and desire to communicate with our God.

That’s what I want.  I want to want to pray.  Does that make sense?  

I don’t want to pray because I have to, or because I think it’s the right thing to do, I want to pray because I can’t live one day without talking to God.  I want to pray because I see my need for God and can’t function or live without Him.  I want to pray because I am desperate and longing to come to Him with my burdens, weakness, and anxiety.

 I haven’t read the book, but here are a few gems I have uncovered:

“Learning to pray doesn’t offer you a less busy life; it offers you a less busy heart.”

“Anxiety is unable to relax in the face of chaos; continuous prayer clings to the Father in the face of chaos.”

“The only way to come to God is by taking off any spiritual mask.  The real you had to meet the real God…the criteria for coming to Jesus is weariness.  Come overwhelmed with life.  Come with your wandering mind.  Come messy.  Instead of being frozen by your self-preoccupation, talk with God about your worries.  Often we are so busy and overwhelmed that when we slow down to pray, we don’t know where our hearts are.  We don’t know what troubles us.  So, oddly enough, we might have to worry before we pray.  Then our prayers will make sense.  They will be about our real lives.”

The more I think about prayer, the more I’m overwhelmed by the incredible gift we have.  I mean, it’s unlimited communication with the God of the Universe!  A God who loves us just as we are.  A God who longs to hear from us.  Thank you Lord for the gift of prayer! 

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