Pray On The Potty

……..OR ANYWHERE! So true, “prayer” is not limited to a special session during which a certain posture is assumed (usually on the knees), along with maybe having the hands together in a pious manner. This is good……sometimes, and formal prayer certainly has its beneficial place.

But, we need to get away from identifying prayer with some once, twice, maybe 3 times a day RITUAL! Prayer is simply going to God and Christ…..period. Whether on the toilet, in a prayer closet, washing dishes, fixing the car, etc, it is important for us to learn to look to and converse with God and Christ  and “pray in the Spirit  on all occasions” (Ephesians 6:18). This means talking (silently or out loud) to Them as if They were right there  in  a natural, conversational manner…….anytime and anywhere!  Or, just let your spiritual gaze be towards Them without any words whatsoever.

This was and is the way of the ‘mystics’, who developed a deeply personal relationship with God and Christ….they continually, moment by moment when possible, conversed (“prayed”) with Them. Brother Lawrence in PRACTICING THE PRESENCE OF GOD is an excellent example of this (a free online copy is available at http://www.gutenberg.org/catalog/world/readfile?fk_files=2701994).

Oswald Chambers writes in his book “My Utmost For His Highest” these thoughts about prayer (this and all of his 365 daily entries can be found for FREE at ( http://utmost.org/thinking-of-prayer-as-jesus-taught/ ):

“The correct concept is to think of prayer as the breath in our lungs and the blood from our hearts. Our blood flows and our breathing continues “without ceasing”; we are not even conscious of it, but it never stops.

Prayer is not an exercise, it is the life of the saint. Beware of anything that stops the offering up of prayer. “Pray without ceasing…”— maintain the childlike habit of offering up prayer in your heart to God all the time.”

End of excerpt.

And, actually, this is what the scripture “draw near to Me and I will draw near to you” (James 4:8) means….the more often we converse/pray (formally and informally) the more we “draw near to” God and Christ….we are going towards Them.

Until later,

Fred

 

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