Pursuing a Prayer Life

“He had broken through a great deal of his own struggles with the emotional demands of life with God. And he knew himself, I think, very concretely as a result of the various demands that the life of prayer made on his humanity.”          ~Abbot John Bamberger on Thomas Merton
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Lead Us

Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

father and daughterMy friend Mike has a little girl, Alaina. Now Alaina is only two years old but she is very self sufficient. She plays in her room by herself and even will go to bed without anyone knowing.

Imagine Alaina taking her daddy by the hand and leading him into her bedroom to play. She could take him to wonderful spots where her favorite toys are. She could have as much fun as she knew how to. But, let’s imagine that her daddy, Mike, wanted to take her somewhere special. Alaina might be uncomfortable with that. She might even pitch a fit. But unknown to Alaina her daddy can take her to many amazing places like the park, or the local pool, or even to the beach.

This is what happens when we choose to lead our own time with our Father God. He will go with us to familiar places and entertain our simpleness. But, He longs to take us to bigger more glorious places.

Why do we resist? Scripture tells us that those who wait on the Lord will gain new strength. Why not get in the presence of the Father and let Him lead us where He wants. We can do what ever He wants. His ways are better, His thoughts are higher; the conversations he leads are harder to understand but they teach us Godly things.

So may we let Him be God so He can train us in His ways. And may our lives become more like His as a result.


Isaiah 62:6-7   


6 I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem;
       they will never be silent day or night.
       You who call on the LORD,
       give yourselves no rest,

    7 and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem
       and makes her the praise of the earth.

Submersive Prayer

For what purpose has God called me?

Have you pondered the question?

He has imputed His righteousness so that we might be able to approach the Father’s holiness. Have you taken advantage?

Prayer. A commonly used word that is often missunderstood for sheer over use of it. I would like to redefine it today in the context of your life.

prayer-girlPrayer- a gateway into the passion filled heaven-bound kingdom of the presence of God.

The false definition is that prayer is a destination that one can go to and leave. No, prayer is a door to interacting with the presence of God. It is nothing to be good at like a sport.

Prayer  is a way of life… in fact it is the ideal way of life.

Prayer is where we receive guidance in our lives. It is where we collapse in the presence of Our Father so that He can relieve us of the burdens that we carry. But despite the temptation, prayer does not stop there. There is more, there is purpose, there is fulfillment yet to be had.

We hear the instruction there and receive relief from our burdens- to live out the instruction we have been given.

The 15 minutes or 2 hours that you spend in the prayer place propels us to  fulfill the lives He has created us for. The way to be prayerful through those days is to be obedient to His instructions.

As we dunk our whole lives in prayer we find ourselves in the midst of many activities and responsibilities that have the potential to overwhelm us. This is a sign of the greatness that we can accomplish through Christ. This is not the place to worry or fear, but to rejoice in the accomplishment of living prayerful.

When living submerged in the council of God you can bet you will be places that you would never imagine. But,  if you think really hard you will discover that this is actually good for you and fulfilling. The stress that you endure is worthwhile stress because it is God who has led you their.

Who are you living to please? Is it yourself? Is it your spouse? Your boss?

Why not live to please God?

He is not far off or distant in any way.

He is present in such a way that He will make His will know to you if you ask. He doesn’t ask of you more that you are able to give. But what you do give He will honor and make it worth your while.

So today, May the sacrifice of a willing heart be the only sacrifice you see God needs. May your token offerings be kept to yourself and may the depths of your heart begin to be opened up to the one who made it.