Prayer as ConversationNew Every Morning | September 14, 2020
There’s an old joke that says when we tell people we talk to God, they think we’re pious; when we tell them God talks back, they think we’re crazy. Indeed, if we’re not used to thinking about prayer as a conversation, it can seem scary or even impious to dare think we’ve heard Jesus’ voice, much less dare to write down what we think we’ve heard. But, as the Bible tells us, conversing with God has been part of the human experience from the very beginning.
—Matthew Croasmun, Let Me Ask You a Question: Conversations with Jesus (Upper Room Books, 2018)
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The LORD is close to everyone who calls out to him,
to all who call out to him sincerely.
—Psalm 145:18 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Give me the patience, focus, and strength to pause, listen, and reflect on what you ask of me. What do you ask of me today?
(Follow today’s prayer with a moment of silence and stillness. Focus on your breath. Repeat the words of the prayer if that helps center you.)
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My prayer life and conversation with God took off when I began praying with others, specifically in a small group setting, or just one on one. Setting aside the desire to sound “right”, but just coming as I am, in that moment, to the Throne of Grace.
Father – thank You for those You placed in my path, who offered sincere, honest, and at times, raw prayers. Thank You for welcoming me here.
The rain cleared away just in time for dad and I too golf. It had chased away many golfers, so it wasn’t crowded and we moved along at our own speed. We grabbed dinner and ice cream afterwards, soaking up some of the last opportunities to eat outside in mild weather.
Looking forward to settling in to some type of rhythm with teaching this week. I will finally meet the remainder of my students today.
I don’t currently have such a practice. I have noticed and felt guilty that my prayers are one sided. Perhaps I will attempt the exercise listed with the prayer.
I have been speaking to Marcy and she gave me permission to share with you that she is having migraines again. She is on new medication that will last only 7 days and it is helping. She asks for your prayers.
Megan and I spent the day running many errands yesterday. The new kittens were out of food and we found a better brand and they love it!
Prayers for Jill and her students. May the new technology help her to communicate with them faster and more securely. I have Concast and Megan and I visited them yesterday for a new remote and were able to get faster internet and the cost is less! We have had good and reliable service with this provider and we prefer their service over our ald provider.
Prayers for Rick and Scott, may they find a permanent home in their new area and may Rick reume his studies in the Spring when life is more settled.
Prayers for Lou and her children, especially the youngest in college. May all stay safe and well.
Prayers for Robert, may he receive a good report regarding his bloodwork.
Prayers, thank you and stay well dear UR
There are lots of ways to practice prayer, but the 3 which help me most to connect with God are praying the scriptures, talking to God as if God were sitting next to me on the sofa, and contemplative prayer, where I listen. This can be the most difficult, because I feel I have a lot of clutter in my brain. It can be difficult to hear God’s voice through the clutter. I have to get by myself and be intentional in my listening. It helps to be away from my usual environment, even if it is sitting on the porch in the morning with my coffee. I haven’t done this in a long time, but taking a day or 2 of personal retreat at a monastery or retreat center is a wonderful way to clear my head so that I can listen for God’s voice
David has been feeling a little better. The sleep meds are helping him and getting some much needed sleep has helped his mood. He is still thinking about trying talk therapy. I have told him how much talk therapy has helped me, so he hasn’t ruled it out and is praying about it. I know God is faithful and is with us on this. We thank God for each small victory. My friend and I are still working to set up our business by trying to get referrals. We are printing up business cards and making a brochure. We have been advised to drop these off with our personal physicians and take some to elder care support groups. We have set goal of having 6 clients by October 15. Please keep this effort in your prayers.
Jill, lifting you up as you meet your students today and as you step out of your comfort zone regarding use of technology. Julie, I have raised numerous kittens and it seems the last 2: Jeremy who is now 5, and Mickey who just turned a year old, were the baddest little boys I have ever raised. I pray for you as adjust to your little ones. They can be exhausting.
Lifting up Robert, Lou, April, Andrea, and Rick. Praying Marci is doing ok. For all those who visit, I pray that what you find here helps you in your prayer life and connects you to God. I especially lift up those in the west impacted by the wildfires and those in the path of hurricane. I ask for prayers for a congregation where several of my friends worship as they mourn the loss of their priest, who took her life over the weekend and for her family and colleagues in ministry. She was also a seminary buddy of a dear friend. My heart is breaking for our clergy and pray God places persons in their paths with whom they can share their burdens. Praying we all stay well, mentally, spiritually, and physically in these crazy times. Love you all.
Whether I’m right or wrong, only God really knows, when it comes to my prayers. I think I do best when I’m quite alone, no interruptions or at least very few, Being out in the woods or in the early morning quiet are good. I also think different people have different prayer settings that work for them.
Glad to have news about Marcy, that there is help for her migraines is great news, that she is having them is not so nice. Hearing news of her makes me wonder about Mary on her mission trip. There are others who for some time were regular participants. I miss them too. Yes, schools, teachers, parents, support staff, and administrators are on my mind, especially in the pandemic, then too those facing hurricanes, wild fires, and droughts need prayers. May we all ask for God’s wisdom this election year. Glad Jill and her Dad were able to play golf, Julie and Megan have new kittens and a new, better internet. Prayers for progress and safety in a new environment. Thankful David is improving, the business is developing for Ally. Anneliese has her good days and down days, but overall is doing quite well. Hel;p comes at crucial times. My caboose is progressing, the two diesel locomotives have the wrong color paint. Trying to decide which solution is best. Thankful for a walk this morning, stop by the post office, some painting supplies for the deck, cat food for Pearl, and the application of the primer on the prepared section of the deck. It needs at least 4 hours before the stain can be applied. So many blessings, thank You, Lord.
I’ve tried many forms of prayer. I must admit its in the quiet times when I can clear away all the thoughts or, as I refer to it, the symphony in my head. Then I feel closest to God and can share all my innermost thoughts. It took some time and practice to get to that quiet place. I strive for consistency, but life happens. When I am consistent, life feels better and I’m able to feel and hear where God is leading me. I am holding your joys and concerns in my prayers. It is good to be here and read your messages and connect again. It will take me some time to get caught up on past posts.
Blessing to all,