The Last Thing

Mark 11:22-25

Jesus was matter-of-fact: “Embrace this God-life. Really embrace it, and nothing will be too much for you. This mountain, for instance: Just say, ‘Go jump in the lake’—no shuffling or shilly-shallying—and it’s as good as done. That’s why I urge you to pray for absolutely everything, ranging from small to large. Include everything as you embrace this God-life, and you’ll get God’s everything. 

I have a lot going on at the moment. I am in the middle of a few things. Crisis would be too strong a word and some of the things that are happening, we are on the better side of. We will get there. As usual, after a trying time I come back to the same question. Why is praying about it the last thing that I do?

Do I think it seems a bit presumptuous? Well sometimes.

Do I forget? Often.

Do I automatically just jump to sort it myself mode? Yep.

I have an ongoing fantasy about my life (no not the one where I am manager of Manchester United’s most successful ever team) In it I am a woman of prayer with a notebook full of prayers – some answered, some ongoing. Some for friends, some for entire continents. The book would be full of different coloured pens and crossing outs and added bits and stuff where God had told me stuff. And I want to be a   pray-er. I do pray. Of course I do but I want it to be my default mode rather than my – “Oh yes I could always try praying” mode. And the thing is that this fantasy is completely attainable. I don’t expect a better prayer life will get rid of all my problems. I just expect it to give me a better life because I do the best thing to deal with them.

It’s down to me to sort. Puzzling though isn’t it? Why I would not run with something so beneficial and so life enhancing? Am thinking it may be time to look at how this is done. All suggestions gratefully received.

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  1. August 9, 2013 / 7:06 pm

    I don't have a set time for formal prayer (except in church and last thing at night…if i don't fall asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow) but I talk to God throughout the day.When I'm stood at the kitchen sink,mowing the lawn,cuddle time with the cats….things seem to pop into my mind…often I'll say "but, God you already know this,I've been thinking about it for so long". He's listening even if it's not a formal prayer.
    Jane x

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