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April 2014

Friday, 25 April 2014

Praying When You Don't Want To
'...Father...Take this cup away from Me...' Mark 14:36 NKJ

 

 

How do we pray when we don’t feel in any way holy? Nobody feels incredibly devout 24/7. Motivation is important—we can’t always ride off the back of a wave of intense spiritual emotion. Sometimes, it’s clear and sunny outside, and you know you still have to fit in your morning’s fifteen minutes with God. Sometimes, the last thing you’ll want to do is listen to your depressed friend and quietly ask God to help them (while you could be happily zoning out to your favourite playlist.)

CS Lewis said, ‘I must say my prayers today whether I feel devout or not; but that is only as I must learn my grammar if I am ever to read the poets.’ Yeah, poetry was the thing that got Lewis’s tastebuds tingling, but feel free to replace that with your own activity of choice... The point is that the ‘drudge’ of learning grammar (or lifting weights, or learning guitar chords) changes you. Not just in patience. You grow closer to an experience that is beyond flat, normal, just-getting-by human life. You start to change inside. This is especially true with prayer. Even when it looks like practice, speaking words to an empty room, you will be opening your life to God. And God, because He is good, will come along and meet you, because you have tried. Maybe you’re thinking: ‘Don’t believe the hype.’ Well, the core of prayer is very exciting—conversation with the Creator!—but in reality it doesn’t always feel like a life–changing experience. That’s ok. What’s your usual prayer routine? Go do that, even if it feels quiet. Don’t have one? Have a look at Greg Laurie’s Becoming a Person of Prayer at ucbdirect.com.au

 



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word4U2day (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by UCB Australia. 2014 UCB International Ltd

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