“Devote yourselves to prayer,
being watchful and thankful.”
What does it mean to devote myself to prayer? I picture cloistered monks praying the hours locked away on a mountain somewhere. Though I would love to have a weekend away on a mountain to pray, that is not the reality of my daily life. How do I devote myself to something that can sometimes feel empty and repetitive? I think it has to do with getting over myself and knowing that prayer is the way for me to speak to and with my creator God. He wants me to know Him better, and to do that I must spend time with Him. It shouldn’t be an after thought or an in case of emergency call. Prayer should be a part of the daily fabric of my life, just like eating, sleeping, and checking my email. I hope to make prayer so much a part of my life that I don’t have to remember to do it, I just do it.
Do you pray?
How do make it a part of your life?
On my daily walks outdoors I pray and think and meditate on God and what He’s doing, what I’m doing in my spiritual walk.
Also, when my boys were babies and I was up nursing them in the middle of the night I found myself praying. It helped me to feel restful without being able to actually sleep. There was a great peace in prayer during this time.
Now life is busier and I do pray – not as much as I would like to.
But when someone calls or emails and needs prayer I literally drop everything I am doing and make myself available.
Prayer is definitely a decision. Thanks for making me mindful of this today.
I love praying. What I find is difficult is remembering to give prayers of thanks as often if not more than when I pray asking for something. And pray not just morning and night, but through the day.
Great post mama!!
I think of prayer like a conversation with God. A lot of times I’m praying when it appears I am doing something else . . . like wrapping Christmas gifts (I always am praying for the recipients), or cooking or driving. Other times, I have a special quiet time with God to pray – like a special coffee date with a friend.
Hi Becca, my name is Stephany, and I am a Minister. I am teaching a 6 week course about the purpose and power of prayer. I stumbled upon this site (so I think) and I was reading the different comments about prayer.
Prayer is truly a conversation with God, often times just listening to the still small voice. I sometimes find it difficult to pray, like the getting down on your knee, but I do also know that my thoughts are most times my actual prayers. I am so thankful that God is not this big giant man sitting on a throne in heaven, just waiting to give out spankings for those of us who miss the mark. I know God to be His nature, which is total and complete Love. Period. Thank you for having this blog. It sparked me to pray, think, and listen.