This Week's Quotation:
Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
~ Romans 12:12
Pray Without Ceasing
Today I write about the most powerful tool in my spiritual repertoire: prayer—it is the most fulfilling habit of my life.
For several decades, I have passionately pursued developing an intimate relationship with God. The greatest tool I discovered to support that goal was the power of prayer. Without the grace and strength I receive when I share what's in my heart with our Creator, I would not have been able to endure any of the major challenges and losses that my life journey has brought.
I have conversations with God throughout the day, and I don't experience them as one-sided monologues. Whether I'm expressing gratitude or requesting guidance, I honestly feel heard. I feel that God knows my heart. And I feel responded to, even if not in the way I expected to be.
Prayer is my ideal remedy for anything that troubles or unsettles my mind. It is also where I turn when I feel joy and upliftment! My conversations with God are about anything stirring in my body, mind, heart or soul. And they always begin with a genuinely felt gratitude that I have a wise and loving creator to turn to and rely on. Experience has taught me that there is no more dependable source!
Everything can change in a moment. From heaven's perspective, everything that occurs is somehow a blessing in disguise. And that's something my human mind can't compute. There's been so much that I've lived through that is beyond my ability to understand. Prayer has been a saving grace—giving me the experience that the Great Spirit is always with me. Prayer fills me with a peace that, given the circumstances, feels miraculous in itself!
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You have beautifully indicated, Terri, the only way to live a generative and purposeful life. Pray without ceasing, not to some separate and distant God, but to the God Reality at the very core of our being, bringing a 24/7 blessing to our creative field.
Dear Terri – this is a beautiful offering. One of the things that we may not realize right away is that sometimes the answers form God/Source are not at all what we expected – but the longer we are on the planet – the more we get to realize that the answers we receive are always the best answers in retrospect. We live and learn…..
This is a new definition of prayer for me, as I have been trained in the Anglican etc version of prayer to get something from God – which doesn’t ring true to me. Today, I see it as when I gave in to my Silky Terrier who lives for hunting in the hay shed, but chewed through a fuel line on a mower and I haven’t understood how to prevent a recurrence. However, the kingdom of heaven is also at hand! and a pen I had stored there presented itself while I was wanting to do something else, which I then used to create a barrier around the mower and was able to let my girl loose so she could hunt to her hearts delight. I now believe a prayer was being answered. Many thanks for your insights.