Does prayer come easily to you?
Are you able to tune out distractions and slip effortlessly into communion with God?
If so, you are in the minority.
Most of us struggle with prayer at one time or another.
It seems the moment we get intentional about praying is when the chaos starts to swirl around us.
All of a sudden, we’re thinking about mistakes we’ve made, lingering financial stress, or relationship conflicts.
Truth is, such inner chaos is ongoing, but most of us are never still for long enough to realize it.
Until you begin to pray, you might not even be aware that those things are actively affecting you.
Prayer is a slow and thoughtful act.
To sit in the awareness of God’s presence means that we’ll need to slow our pace – our inner pace.
And that’s a difficult thing to do in our world today.
If thoughts run wild when you attempt to pray, try presenting your needs to God first.
When you make your requests known to God, you are preparing your soul for stillness. You are quieting the inner chaos by transferring your burdens from your shoulders and placing them in God’s hand.
You trust that He will address each concern in His perfect timing.
God knows that before our minds can become focused, we need to unburden ourselves.
Once your mind has been cleared of your requests, you are then ready to move into the deeper realms of prayer.
A clear mind makes way for the stillness of heart. Then, we are ready to go deeper.
Don’t stop there. It’s only the beginning.
Source: Carriers of the Glory by David Diga Hernandez