Thursday, February 7, 2008

Prayer

OK, back from lunch, and I promise I won't spend all day here writing!

I was talking to a friend yesterday about how frustrated I get when I try and pray. My brain spins out of control with all kinds of minutia, and a few minutes later, I realize that I have not been praying at all. He said that effective prayer is done by praying out loud. Whether a whisper or in a normal voice, but it must be out loud. "How much difference can it make", I thought, but decided I did not have anything to lose, and so this morning, I prayed out loud. WOW!!! I can not believe the difference - the difference in the experience, the difference in my heart and my mind, as I brought my praise and requests before God.

Yesterday, I was trying to pray about a new business idea that I have, and all I got were more ideas. What I wanted was some guidance from God, on whether or not I should even pursue it anymore, what I got was frustration because I could not focus. Today, when I prayed about the same thing, it was so focused, so clear. I don't have an answer yet, but I have peace.

Now, I am just wondering why it has taken me this long to figure this out!!!

So, off again to get some things done while kiddos are down for quiet time. It is so nice to have this break in the middle of a busy day.

Peace to you in the midst of the storm,

t

1 comment:

Marianna Jarrett said...

I haven't commented before now because I've been busy wading through all the options there are for blogs. Amazing!
Anyway, you are so right about praying out loud. I learned that not too long ago and it has changed my prayer life. Gone are the ramblings of my mind, list making, going to sleep (yes, shameful but true) and replaying of my day.
Mare