Conversations with “OUR” Father

Conversations with God

Submitted by Doug Schmidt
 
“Dear” and “amen.” These tend to be the bookends to our conversations with God. Or maybe I should call them monologues instead of conversations.

Whether our prayers occur before a meal, test, yearly review, or lining up a crucial putt, many of us have become accustomed to an under our breath “prayer” in the heat of life. These prayers aren’t rude, in fact, they are quite polite – sometimes using lofty language found nowhere else in our daily vocabulary.

The thought of praying for more than just a few minutes is beyond many of our imaginations… This makes sense, when we define prayer as a one-way request drop off, but not in light of Scripture.

In 1 Thessalonians, Paul is writing to inspire a young and vibrant church that he helped to start to “live lives worthy of God” (2:12). At the end of this book, Paul peppers his audience with several powerful short verses, and his brilliance shines through to us today. Consider these thoughts in Chapter 5 verses 16-18:

“Be joyful always;(16) – pray continually;(17) – give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.(18)

Especially notice verse 17. Pray continually. Pray continually? How is that possible? This doesn’t seem to fit with our drop box prayer lives – does it?

What does a prayer look like that doesn’t end? Does this mean that you wake up in the morning and say Dear Lord… and you close your day as your head touches the pillow with an AMEN? Well – not normally.

But today it does.

Assignment:
That’s right. We want you to see what it looks like to have an ongoing dialogue with God all day today. Chat with him in the shower, while you drink your coffee, on your commute or as you see your children off to school, as you head to school, while you work, while you eat, during basketball practice, as you prepare dinner, as you complete your homework, as you spend time with friends and family.

We want you to “thank God in all circumstances today”, literally! Try to focus on being joyful as you converse with the source of all joy! Pray continually… Thank God for the life he’s given you – and watch what happens…

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About prayersjourney

Elder, retired, GPa, Journaling life, learning To Pray, same home over fifty years. Five sons and GKids.
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