I have a plaque in my home on the living room wall. It reads “Pray Religiously”. I think that is funny. Really funny. It makes me laugh out loud (LOL). How else could you pray?
Thinking about this brings me to wonder what the author of the saying and the plaque meant. What words could we substitute? Pray with commitment. Pray repeatedly. Pray with belief. Pray like ya mean it. Pray fervently. Pray without ceasing.
Back on July 8, I asked you to think of one thing to pray about, and pray about it for 6 months. So you’d be done this year. You would have prayed 182 days. I’ve mentioned it a few more times, and here it is again.
If you have been doing this, fantastic! I’m wondering how it is going? By now, it is probably becoming part of your daily routine. And while it may be a little early, you may see some change in your feelings over the situation your prayer concerns. And you may have received or discerned or figured out some part of the answer to the situation you are praying about.
If you are praying, but haven't gotten insight, or wisdom, or knowledge about the situation, don’t despair. It’s early. God is working on it. You are working on it. There will be a result from your prayer. Keep at it!
But then, perhaps you missed my prayer project completely. You were on vacation that day. Lunch was on your mind if you were there. Or maybe you were paying attention, heard it all, but just can’t think of what to pray for that is important enough to repeat each day for so long.
There’s still time. Pick something now. Put this newsletter down for 5 minutes and think about your hopes, dreams, problems, life in general. If you are reading this on our website, take your hand off the mouse, or finger off the scroll bar and consider this for 3 minutes. At the end, pick something. If you pray for a week and discover a better prayer, you can switch. Choosing not to pray….not so good an option.
There are many ways to pray.
Pray with commitment.
Pray with belief.
Pray like ya mean it.
Pray without ceasing.
But one way or the other, pray.
Here’s a secret. Praying about one thing every day is going to change you and change your life. I know, you don’t believe it. The situation, the other person, the health issue, those are the mountains that must be moved, not you. That is fine. Think that. You will see, over time, the change in the one person you have the power to change. You.
I’d preach some more, but I've gotta go pray.
Can’t wait to see what God will do with my prayer.
Blessings, prayers and love,