Do you pray?   I don’t know about you, but over the years my prayer life has come in waves.  There have been times when I have been a passionate pray-er. During those moments, my prayer life has been steady and rich.  My heart has been hot and my passion for God deep.  These times are often followed by a season when my prayers seem as dry as dust.  I feel spiritually anemic and must force myself to pray. I pray little and feel guilty for not praying more.  I tell people I am praying for them when I need to be asking them to pray for me.  It is in these times of struggling prayer, times when I find no joy in praying, that I remember prayer is a discipline.  In the same way that conversation and the sharing of our lives together sustains my relationship with my wife Sandy, prayer nourishes and sustains my relationship with God.  Some evenings I return home so exhausted I feel I have nothing left.  But, Sandy pursues me and invites me to open my life up and share it with her. In so doing, our relationship grows.

In the same way, God comes to me when my heart grows cold and he fans the fire.  He pursues me through the experiences of my day, and the needs that are thrust upon me. Sometimes it requires the shock of desperate need or the awareness of beauty to feed the fire.  It is God moving through my feelings of urgency to drive me to my knees.  He is calling me to share my life with him.  Of course, he knows it all, but relating is communicating.  That’s what he wants, why I was created, and the key to prayer.  I see Jesus sharing this with the Father and I want it too!

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Mark 1:35

But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. Luke 5

One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. Luke 6:12

What does your cycle of prayer look like?  Where are you at this moment?  Please pray for me.

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Sandy on August 6, 2018 at 2:41 am

    Thank you for sharing.


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