My Prayer Life

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Lately I've been thinking a lot about prayer. I've been trying to pray more, because if I claim to be a Christian then I should want to talk my Savior right?

But's hard. It's kind of weird to talk to someone/something that doesn't respond like a human or any other being I've ever had contact with. Even my dog will look at me and make expressions or move in a way that I've come to understand.

But the Lord doesn't always answer in a super clear manner. And because prayer doesn't have the same back-and-forth rhythm of conversation that I'm used to, I've gotten into a very lame routine.

My prayers basically consist of going "Oh thanks for XYZ, Lord. And can you please fix ABC? Kthanksloveyoubye." 

That's a pretty crappy way to talk to someone who is supposed to be the center of my life. 

Granted, I do try to do it a little more in-depth and respectfully than that. But essentially, it's very repetitive and consists of a Praise and a Please.

I'm not exactly sure what to do about this. But I want my conversation with Jesus to be more. It drives me bananas when Hubby is just going through motions of conversation with me instead of really paying attention. And that's essentially what I'm doing to the Lord.

I don't really have an answer for this...I'm working through it. 

But one thing I'm trying is to include a time of silence within my prayer time instead of filling it with those incessant requests just to keep up the idea of a conversation.

Dan Rather, CBS anchor, once asked Mother Teresa what she said during her prayers. She answered, "I listen." So Rather turned the question and asked, "Well then, what does God say?" To that Mother Teresa smiled with confidence and answered, "He listens."

We could all stand to listen a little more.

1 comment

  1. This sounds a lot like my prayer life lately too. I used to be so much better at it but now... I don't know. It's hard.