We may imagine it an easy thing to pray a simple prayer. But it turns out to be an incredible challenge to pray often and pray well. Even so, God calls his people to a kind of continual and thoughtful communication that saturates every area of life. We are told to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17), which will obviously necessitate an outlook that never forgets that we live each hour in God’s presence. It requires that we consciously affirm his attendance in all the activities of our day. It will take a level of mental and spiritual discipline to turn our thoughts and our words to our ever-present Help in all the tasks we are given to do. Likewise, any success at focused and undistracted prayer will require a kind of spiritual tenacity that is able to say “no” to other people and other things so that we can truly pour out our hearts to God (Matthew 26:36-46). Good and effective praying will also rely on a conscious shift from the trivial to the profound, from temporal things to things that will matter a thousand years from now. So be reminded of the importance of good praying. And don’t be surprised if it doesn’t come easy. Give yourself to prayer and know that these efforts foster a divine intimacy and a connection that far exceeds all the effort and sacrifice that prayer requires.
-- Pastor Mike
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