Week 46 Saturday

A Clear Head

Today’s scripture selection: First Peter 4-5

Key verse: First Peter 4:7b

“Be clear-minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.”

I hear a lot of excuses when it comes to people’s prayer life – or lack of it.

Things like

  • I know I should pray, but it just seems like things get in the way
  • I tried praying, but I just don’t know where to start
  • Pray?  Well, I say an “Our Father” or “Hail Mary” now and then – but it never did much for me
  • I like to keep things simple.  I pray when I need it – but well, most of the time I get along o.k.
  • I’m too busy
  • I don’t know what to pray for

And people are sometimes – even often – surprised when I suggest that praying is really just having a conversation.  And how, sometimes, it’s not even saying anything.  It’s just listening.

Of course the excuse I find most amusing is this one:

  • Well, sure, you can pray – you’re a preacher!

It’s as if I took a course in seminary named “Praying 101”.

Which, incidentally, they don’t offer; at least not at my seminary.

So it may come as a surprise that Peter suggests there are two important things you must have in order to pray regularly and effectively.  You need a clear mind and some self-control.

He’s right.  We can’t be too busy; too altered or “under the influence”; too tired; too caught up with what we need or want; too self-absorbed; too anything – if we want to have a good prayer life.

We need to slow down; be sober; be rested; be willing to receive what God wants to offer and not just what we feel like demanding.

We need to be patient with ourselves – and with God.

And we need to have some faith that God really does want to commune with us (which I guarantee, He does).

Then prayer becomes something that is both mysterious and wonderful – but also, at least in some ways, simpler than we thought it was.

Like a good conversation.

Prayer: Thank you God, for giving me the wonderful gift, of prayer.  AMEN.





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2 thoughts on “Week 46 Saturday

  1. Nice post. Many pray only when they are having difficulties. They are missing real fellowship with the Father. Thanks!

    1. Absolutely. Thanks for the comment – and your prayer support!

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