2018-03-21 - Praying
Originally Published 2017-03-22
I was listening to a reflection for Lent (dynamiccatholic.com) and in this particular one, Matthew Kelly was talking about prayer. The idea was thinking about prayer without ceasing in a very practical light. The approach he learned was stopping each hour, and for ten seconds dedicating that next hour to being bold for Christ, however He saw fit. If you are at work or home or somewhere in between, whatever you are doing, think about how you can lift up what you are doing to Him. Even if it’s a chore you struggle with, think of someone or something needing your prayer, and do whatever you’re doing to the best of your ability, knowing that God will honor your obedience in hearing your prayer.
The idea of putting our prayers into action changes our thinking about every moment of the day, when we stop just for ten seconds and lift up what we are doing to God. The prayer can be offering for a neighbor, friend or family member battling cancer or Alzheimer’s, ALS, or any other type of health challenge. Lift up your mowing the grass to a place dealing with flooding, tornadoes, earthquakes, and poverty. Lift up your drive home to someone struggling with keeping their home, paying the bills after a major surgery, or the loss of a child. Anything on your heart in your own life or in the world around you will never be the same, thinking about it every hour of every day for just ten seconds. I’ve listened to that reflection three times now; Kelly got the idea from somewhere else, and found it so powerful he wanted to share it, after how it changed his life.
The practicality of just bringing to mind those prayers throughout the day is changing how I think about my prayer life, too. He even mentioned how we can offer up our sleep to prayer because obviously at some point we need to get rest so “without ceasing” is difficult then. We can be prayerful of rest that allows us to continue putting God’s will for our thoughts and actions, to better use upon rising in the morning and moving through the next day. I’m so grateful for all of the servants, like Mr. Kelly, who God uses to help us be our best for him. Prayer is so very powerful, and the enemy hopes we take it for granted and don’t use it. I want to use every weapon God gives me to be my best for him. How about you?
“First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers; Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you.“ (Romans 1:8-10)
All scripture references from King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted