This one’s an oldie but a goodie!
I was looking through statistics for my blog the other day and believe it or not, the following is the #1 most viewed post. A POST ABOUT PRAYER!
Not about marriage or relationships or how I manage my schedule like a control freak. A post about prayer has been viewed more than any other. And I think that’s cool!
That’s why I’m reposting it today – after it was originally written back in 2013 – and will be on Periscope at 12:30 pm EST to discuss it and answer any questions you might have about it.
Prayer. A word that means different things to different people. We all know we need it, but then why do so few of us do it? Why does something which is supposed to be so simple end up being so hard? We know the importance of prayer and we could speak endlessly about the priority it should have in our lives…but in practice, we don’t do it!
Sound familiar to anyone else?
We need to pray. I need to pray. You need to pray. We all need to pray. We don’t need to talk about prayer… or read about prayer… or have prayer meetings. WE NEED TO PRAY – actually pray, like with words…that we say…with our mouths.
There are different kinds of prayer: group prayer, liturgical prayer, contemplative prayer, etc. Those are important and not to be overlooked, but that is not the kind of prayer God is speaking to me about these days. I’m talking about personal prayer. Simple prayer. The kind of prayer that happens when we go to a quiet place and just speak with our Father who art in heaven (see Matthew 6:6).
Is it just me or this kind of prayer the hardest kind? It seems like it should be simple enough – pray/talk to your Father. But for some reason, I could do just about everything in the world except this. I could read my Bible, give to the poor, spend hours in community service, and attend every church service…yet all of that is easier than spending 5 quality minutes in prayer!
What’s the problem here?