Simple Prayer

Praying is hard! Almost every time I pray a 100 different things come flooding through my brain – upcoming meetings, unfinished tasks, people I need to contact and what’s for dinner? You know that experience? It makes me feel guilty and embarrassed that I could be so unfocused and maybe even disrespectful to God. It’s like having spiritual ADD!

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?This morning in preparing for my Thursday morning Soul Purpose bible study I was reading a chapter on prayer in John Ortberg’s book The Life You’ve Always Wanted.
?It was a huge encouragement to me. Here is some of what I gleaned:

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•?I should pray about what is really on my heart, not what I think should be on my heart. C.S. Lewis once wrote concerning prayer that we must “lay before Him what is in us, not what ought to be in us.”

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•?If my mind wanders to a certain topic or situation while I’m trying to pray – then obviously that’s something I should take time to talk about with my Heavenly Father!

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•?Prayer is a learned behavior. No one is born good at it and no one becomes an expert at it.

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•?God is my loving Father. Just as I, as an earthly father, delight in my children calling me on the phone or talking with me over a nice meal, so how much more does God delight in my attempts to talk to Him?

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Prayer is proof that we have a personal relationship with the Creator of the heavens and earth!

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Peace,
?Dave

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