How’s your prayer life?

I experienced something last night in my prayer life that was totally different from anything I’ve ever felt before.

Before I try and put it into words that others can understand, I’d love to hear more about YOUR prayer life. What do you consider “normal”? What kinds of things do you pray for/about? Anything you feel like sharing about your prayer life, including “It stinks right now.” Or “I’m avoiding it, because I don’t want to deal with the sin that I know the Lord is going to confront me about” Or “Prayer life? I’m sorry, my prayer life has flat lined long ago – about 4 children ago, I think” Or “It’s empty, I think. I show up, but there just doesn’t seem to be anyone else there” Or “It’s KICKIN’!” All of which I can admit to, during different seasons of my life.

I’d just love to hear about your prayer life. Please, will you take a few minutes and share with me?

(Dear Editor Extraordinaire – or any other type Editor that shows up here, including the one I’m married to Ā  šŸ˜€ Ā  I have had my night’s sleep totally disrupted by food poisoning. I have had the Lord shake the stuffing out of me over some other stuff. I feel like the Lord is raising the bar on my prayer life and I don’t give a FIG if my :,”,-,…,! or anything else are in their proper places today. So NO Miss Beadle stuff, OKAY?) Ā  šŸ˜‰ Ā  šŸ˜‰ Ā  šŸ˜‰

8 Responses to “How’s your prayer life?”
  1. cbgrace says:

    Hi Java,

    Well, I have to say that my prayer life is somewhat cyclular (that may not be spelled correctly either). It seems to have times and seasons to it. At times it will be easy to pray at times it is a discipline.

    God will often lead my prayers…bring specific people and requests to mind. At times I know precisely how to pray for a situation at times I ask Him to put the words in my mouth that He would like prayed. At times, I very simply pray “Your kingdom be established (or loosed) into this situation”. (According to how Jesus taught us to pray – “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done…”).

    There have been times when I have prayed specifically for a situation that I was not aware of other than what God led me to pray for it.

    Does any of this help? Contact me if you have questions or want to discuss more deeply.

  2. Valerie says:

    What kind of prayer are you talking about? I guess I have several different ways or modes of praying, according to the need or circumstance. I guess the most frequent is the fixed, locked,concentrated focus on Lord, setting my heart toward Him and just meditating on Him and His presence. I just allow Him to fill every part of my being. From this I can go into different ways of praying, according to what He lays on my heart.

    Then there is the intercessory type prayer. I may do this in a different way from you or our readers! šŸ˜‰ šŸ™‚ I do this a lot, too.

    Sometimes I will just cry out to Him, wordless or with just a’Father, Father, Jesus, Jesus….’ nothing to pray, just a heart-cry.

    There have been times where I’ve prayed for hours, or just briefly – He hears.

    V xx

  3. Holly says:

    I hesitate to answer this…because it is so hard to communicate adequately in cyberspace. I fear that if I am misunderstood, I will look either prideful or like a heretic.

    My prayer life right now is like…having my husband around all day long.

    Yeah, just like that. I don’t have to wait until he is home and supper is done and the kids are in bed to talk to him. I don’t have to get up early to speak with him.

    I live with him. I am a part of him. We communicate all day long, regularly. Sometimes we communicate with a look or a hug – sometimes small conversation, sometimes desperate talking.

    That is just how it feels like to pray and to talk with God…it is a constant thing.

    Now – just like with hubby, there are times for quiet private talks, times we REALLY need to talk things over – but MOSTLY, it is just constant communion.

  4. Valerie says:

    Yes, Holly! THAT, I believe, is what the Word means about praying without ceasing. It is about having your heart set towards God, 24/7. It doesn’t mean locking yourself sway in your closet and not coming out, ever. A heart set toward God is quick to perceive His voice and to lean on Him, secure in His constant presence.

    Val xx

  5. Margie says:

    I’m thinking you can put me in the “it stinks” category. Or more along the lines of flatlined a child or two ago (probably sounds funny to those of you that have several blessings when you consider I only have two).

    My heart longs for long basking prayer, uninterrupted time with the Lord. This season is more filled with prayers constantly during the day as differing needs are brought to mind. I will say that I do my best praying in the shower. God seems to speak to me in the shower or is it that I just hear Him then?!

  6. cbgrace says:

    Java, you never really expanded on what you are feeling in prayer lately…I keep checking back to find out “the rest of the story…”

  7. javadawn says:

    Thanks Ladies, I appreciate your input and thoughts very much.

    Cb, I wish I could communicate it well – it’s such a nebulous thing still. I know what I went through in the middle of the night, but I can’t find a way to weave the words into a functional tapestry – it’s more just a lot of impressions/sensing that I had in the Spirit … OH how I wish I could make it more tangible than that. (I’m going to try – probably tomorrow)

    Holly, I understand exactly what you’re saying – I have lived that, but there is still a part of me that simply aches – literally a physical ache, sometimes – if I don’t get my patootie up and into my prayer closet in the morning.

    I used to feel like a failure because I need that time – I don’t anymore. (There are some REALLY good things about turning 40. šŸ˜† I suddenly realized that there were fewer things to fuss over than I had thought.) šŸ˜‰

    Now, Miss Margie – sit down (oh, you’re likely doing that, eh?) you know what? YOU just inspired me to be able to put this into words. Thank you. (See above post for my response to you.) šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚

  8. cbgrace says:

    Hi Java, Thanks for cleaing that up šŸ˜€

    Well, believe that if we ask, God can and will lead our prayers. I often pray that He would put the words in my mouth He would have me to speak. Then I try to find a flow. For example, this morning I found myself praying for some friends who live in Memphis. I haven’t seen them in a year and we keep in loose contact with one another. Sometimes, our minds wandering isn’t really our minds wandering so much as God’s leading. If I think about someone during the day that I haven’t thought of in a while, I teke the time to pray for that person.

    Also, Paul said that our spirit will make intercession for us with groanings that cannot be uttered (Romans I think…between chapter’s 5 and 9 maybe…I guess I should take the time to look it up). There are things our spirits know we need intercession for but our minds cannot quiet put into words. Paul also says (okay…now I am just going to look it up – I don’t want to misquote the BIBLE!!) pray with the spirit and with understanding…what I get from this is there will be times when I may not completely understand what I am praying for because, my spirit is communicating with THE SPIRIT.

    Romans 8:26
    Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

    1 Corinthians 14:15
    What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.

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