A Life of Prayer

I am not a great pray-er. I do pray, throughout the day, but I have never been able to consider myself a “prayer warrior.” I have a great deal of respect for those who can spend hours in prayer, petitioning God for His intervention on behalf of others, asking that God’s Spirit would bring people to faith, that Christ’s love would abound in His Church — among many other things.

Last night, my husband and I read a devotional about prayer. It came from a book that a good friend of ours here in Selma gave to my husband for Christmas. It is called The LORD Will Answer: A Daily Prayer Catechism. The particular devotion we read encouraged the reader to pray throughout the day. At the table, when going to work, when looking at God’s creation, and in any other situation we may find ourselves.

This was comforting to me. I have often felt rather inadequate in my inability to dedicate a great amount of time to prayer alone. But then, isn’t that what God always does with us? He takes our inadequacies and uses them to His glory, in spite of ourselves. St. Paul, when discussing his “thorn in the flesh” says this: “Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (II Corinthians 12:8-10, ESV).

How does the blessing of prayer touch your life? How has God’s invitation to you to approach His throne blessed you?

Cover us, O Lord, in Your grace, and draw us to You. May our lives be lives of prayer, spent in communion with You and in service to our neighbor to Your glory. In Christ’s name and for His sake we pray. Amen.