Read: “Do not worry. Learn to pray about everything. Give thanks to God as you ask Him for what you need.” Philippians 4:6 (NLT)
Reflect: At any given moment, I feel like I’m one e-mail, one problem, and one “can you…” away from losing my mind. I find myself in constant need of calming, around-the-clock-guidance and the patience of a saint. My most desperate times seem to be when no one’s available by phone, or I’m in public when I can’t put the world on “pause” while Googling, “What the heck am I supposed to do now?” As much as I love my family and friends, they simply can’t always be there for me. While God uses those around me to help me grow, I am reminded that they were never intended to be my original source of power and wisdom. This realization has drawn me into constant communication with God.
I’ve been challenged by the concept of prayer, wondering if my stance was correct, my words persuasive. I’ve questioned why my mind wanders when I try so hard to focus. As I submerge myself in God’s word I learn that prayer takes place in many forms–in secret, at night, in the morning, on the roof, while traveling, on knees and while standing. Some prayers are cries for help, others doubtful or questioning God. Many are rooted in praise. I’m learning to let go of the ritual of prayer and am leaning more on its power.
My time with God is spontaneous, wholehearted, and full of faith. In these intimate moments, God calms me, guides me and is full of grace and mercy. I enjoy his company, and when I’m fully engaged, I see his answers to my prayers all around me!
React: What conversation do you need to have with God? If you could pick up the phone or send a quick text what would you tell him is on your mind?
Pray: God, I am grateful that I can bring everything to you in prayer.