July 1, 2022

Folks or Prayer First?

Editor’s be aware: This piece was initially revealed in 2013.

Final week I used to be simply minding my very own enterprise, searching for a brand new recipe on Pinterest. However as I used to be scrolling by means of all the photographs, I got here throughout one thing that convicted me. Don’t you hate when that occurs?

It was all good till I learn this quote: Have you ever prayed about it as a lot as you’ve talked about it?

This convicted me as a result of being constant in my prayer life is one thing I’ve all the time struggled with. And sometimes I bear in mind to wish about one thing lengthy after I’ve talked about it with different folks.

It’s not that processing issues with mates or looking for sensible counsel is unsuitable in any respect. I’m a verbal processor, so it’s useful to speak issues by means of with my mates or my dad and mom. And sharing the small print of our lives is a part of constructing relationships. However I typically see in my very own life that I flip to folks first, as an alternative of going to God in prayer.

Final 12 months I acquired an e-mail, fully out of the blue, about a gap at an organization I had interviewed with years in the past. My résumé was nonetheless on file, and the hiring supervisor had heard my title earlier than, so he contacted me to see if I used to be excited about interviewing for the place. If I acquired the job it could imply promoting my home and relocating to a brand new metropolis. It was a doubtlessly life-changing resolution and never one I needed to take evenly.

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My first intuition after I learn the e-mail was to name my good friend who works for the corporate and ask him concerning the place. I want my first intuition had been to wish and ask God to point out me learn how to proceed. And perhaps He would have answered my prayer by means of the counsel of my good friend. However I positively hadn’t prayed about it earlier than I talked about it. I didn’t create any house to listen to God converse into my want for path and knowledge.

I don’t actually know what it appears to be like wish to “pray with out ceasing“ (1 Thessalonians 5:17).  However I’m attempting to study, and the phrases of Brother Lawrence, the creator of The Observe of the Presence of God, have helped me.

“Probably the most holy and mandatory observe in our religious life is the presence of God. Which means discovering fixed pleasure in His divine firm, talking humbly and lovingly with Him in all seasons, at each second, with out limiting the dialog in any manner. That is particularly necessary in occasions of temptation, sorrow, separation from God, and even in occasions of unfaithfulness and sin. We should attempt to converse with God in little methods whereas we do our work, not in memorized prayer, not attempting to recite beforehand fashioned ideas. Slightly, we should always purely and easily reveal our hearts because the phrases come to us.”

What’s helped you domesticate your prayer life? Do you ever end up speaking about one thing greater than praying about it?

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Copyright 2013 Ashley Boyer Hendley.