Have the coming and going, the change in routine and the longer days affected your prayer life through this summer?

They have mine.

So I have decided to look at what I was doing and to look for some different ways of praying. We can all get stale and out of our daily pattern.

First of all I have been pondering on the question ‘What is prayer?’

It is a conversation with God

It is getting your will in line with His

It is being in His presence

It is practicing being aware of Him

It is chatting about the things on our minds

It is curling up and enjoying Our Loving Father

It is so many other things as well

IT MAY BE WORTH YOU MAKING A LIST OF WHAT PRAYER MEANS TO YOU SO THAT YOU CAN ADD THINGS AS YOU TALK TO GOD

It is not a constant list of demands

It is not trying to make God change his mind

It is not JUST an emergency call (it can be when needed)

It is not a distant relationship.

Here are the first suggestions that you may not have tried, I am praying that they will chime in with your everyday routines and give you a little more freedom.

 

1) Walking prayers.   As you walk around town or the shops or even with the dog. Thank God that you can walk, pray for the area you are in and then as you move pray for people you pass, silently bless them and their day. Pray for the Shopkeepers and the shops and anything else Father points out to you.

Prayer does not have to be out loud!! Also you probably think about other things as you walk about, just tune in to God and work at staying on his wavelength. If there is anything particular that you need to pray for God will make it clear.

 

2) Household prayers. There is a lovely little book on prayer by a humble monk. He was a kitchen worker and had to keep up with the pots and pans, He turned the time into prayer time by praying for the food, the other monks etc. As you make a meal pray for your family. If it’s just for you pray for the hungry.

As you clean pray for the people who make the goods you use!

Let your thoughts run wild and ask God how you can turn the mundane into a time of excitement and exploration. Make it a the time of positive re-actions.

 

3) Using your talents. Stop and ask Father which talents He has given you. We all have talents. Some will be obvious others harder to spot.

 

Maybe you used to be good at something and stopped using the talent. Dig it up. Thank God for it and ask if He wants you to use it in anyway again. (This is just an example! Maybe you used to draw and stopped because you decided you weren’t any good, you hadn’t time or whatever)

Decide what your buried talents are and use them to bring you closer to God in prayer, the doing and in conversation.

Enough for this magazine! Ask me anything you don’t understand, shout if you don’t agree or understand. I am trying to refresh my prayer life with these ideas. I hope to expand into different areas next time      God Bless your prayers.