Ignatian Spirituality Prayer Spirit

Prayer, Anyone?


Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.  Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all he has done.

Then, His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7


Our former pastor used to tell us a simple way to remember to pray:

A. S. A. P.  (Always Say A Prayer)

Prayer is a funny thing.  We all know we should do it, but for most of us, it sits pretty low on the to do list.  Why is that?  

I wonder if we take God for granted?  Because we don’t routinely work on our relationship with him, we get discouraged when we don’t get an answer when we do pray.

Of course, God is always waiting for us.  He’s not keeping count of the number of times we’ve failed to pray.  Instead, he just waits, trusting that we will turn to him, in good times and in bad.   When we do seek him out, he is always pleased.

If your prayer has been dry or non-existent lately, try again.  Find a new place to pray, or a new prayer to use.  Some find it helpful to light a candle, put in a music cd, or some other prayer aid.  You might pray while walking in a park or in your neighborhood.  Try my old standby: pray while watching the sun come up.

If your prayer has been great lately, good for you.  Maybe the Lord is looking for you to take it deeper.  Find a retreat to go on.  It could be for a day, a weekend, or longer. If you can’t get away, spend the day at home in silence.  Fast from food, the computer, or the t.v.

Prayer changes things.  I hope you’ll have the chance to pray in a deeper, richer way sometime in the next few days.  Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

A. S. A. P.

By seedthrower1

I'm passionate about helping people realize that God wants to make something new of them and bring about a permanent transformation in their lives: body, mind, and spirit.

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