God, sometimes I feel like a failure at prayer.
I cannot concentrate or meditate
or open up space for you in my spirit.
Every opening I try to create for you
is quickly filled with worries and distractions.
I long for quiet meditation,
for a solid, peaceful connection with you.
Help me, loving God, to let go of my expectations
and accept what happens when I sit down to pray.
I long for you, O God. Please fill me. Amen.
—Mary Lou Redding, Prayers for Life’s Ordinary and Extraordinary Moments (Upper Room Books, 2012)
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Seek the LORD and his strength,
seek his presence continually.
—1 Chronicles 16:11 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
This week, make the reflection for each day your prayer, followed by a moment of silence and listening for the still small voice of the Spirit.
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