Yesterday, I stopped by my chiropractor’s office because I had been having a hard time getting through to them to make an appointment. Turns out there was a reason. The receptionist that I have come to know (we will call her Kirsten) was struggling and just may have needed a listening ear that I could not have provided on the phone. I am not sure that I said anything of value or made any difference at all- I was simply there. She has been on my mind, my heart and in my prayers since.
Her best friend’s 16 year-old son had taken his own life just 30 days prior. Her best friend is now feeling that she cannot go on. Kirsten has been providing non-stop emotional support, love and caring. The effects were obvious. She looked exhausted. It left me feeling inadequate and wishing I knew the right words to say or the right thing to do. Nothing felt adequate, not even saying I will pray for you. I am being honest, I thought that.
Is there anything bigger than praying for someone? Is that not the single best gift that we can give someone? Lifting them up to our Heavenly Father, interceding on their behalf?
So often we try to do something in our own strength and power thinking that is somehow more sufficient than asking for God’s help. If praying does not feel like we are DOING something, maybe we have got it all wrong! Maybe our prayers have become routine and passive? There should be passion in prayer! We are given a front row seat in front of our almighty God when we call upon His name. He listens to us with his full, undivided attention. We should get excited about that! Ladies..how many of us are more excited about our hair appointments than we are about our daily appointments with God? I do not know about you but that question has me raising my hand. Men – not to leave you out. How many of you are more excited about going to Cabela’s than going to your prayer closet?
Prayer should not be a set of routine words that we just say out of obligation. It should be what we FEEL. Our praises, our struggles, our concerns, our needs, our pleas for guidance, mercy and forgiveness.
How do we get excited about prayer? How do we keep the passion and enthusiasm alive? I would be willing to bet many of you have asked the same questions in regard to a relationship! Intention. Effort.
I cannot provide an answer that works for all. It is my goal just to make you think about it! I can tell you some of the things that I do or intend to do.
Imagine! Imagine a beautiful room with the most amazing throne you can dream of and God is sitting upon it. Picture yourself approaching it. Feel that moment, take it in before you start to pray.
Create a special place that you go to for prayer. It can be a closet, a dining room table, a park, under a tree – some place, any place that you begin to think of as YOUR special place with God. Some place that you get excited about going to!
I bought a special notebook where I write my prayers. I like to read back through them to be reminded of what I have given to God and to see what He has done with it. It reminds me that God does hear and answers our prayers, not always the way we might imagine but always in a way greater and more awesome than I could have imagined. It also shows me that He answers in His perfect timing.
Attitude. If we find ourselves thinking we have to pray perhaps we should start by praying about our attitude. Pray for God to renew us and revive us right where we are. We should not approach prayer with an attitude of obligation but rather with an attitude of gratitude. We should think – we get to pray.
And lastly, the next time you tell someone that you will pray for them…imagine the most beautifully wrapped gift that you have ever seen, and imagine yourself handing it to them!
Prayer is a gift!
Until next time,