A prayer practice is just that: practice. It is taking time to learn how to listen for God. It is taking time to see the hand of God at work in our lives. We need to take this time because this listening, this seeing are difficult tasks. I once introduced a time of silent prayer at a prayer service by saying, “Let us take some time to listen to God.” One woman who was struggling with various concerns said, “I listen and all I hear is the fan on the ceiling.” God’s voice is often very soft.
Prayer practice is the art of setting aside our own individual desires to seek the desire that God has placed on our heart.
—Daniel Wolpert, Creating a Life with God: The Call of Ancient Prayer Practices, 20th Anniversary Revised Edition (Upper Room Books, 2023)
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“Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper.
—1 Kings 19:11-12 (NLT)
Prayer for the Week
Holy God, help me to spend time each day focusing on you. Guide me as I try different ways of praying, and help me to grow ever closer to you. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
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