Dry Prayer And Monkey Chatter

Hi, there!

We all have had those times in prayer when we felt like nothing was accomplished, and even felt somewhat guilty because of our seemingly fruitless effort. We couldn’t “get spiritual” in our frame of mind and/or there was that constant bombardment of unsolicited thoughts. This is abundantly true especially in the early stages of our Christian journey.

If we are persistent in a faithful walk, these problems will be taken care of by the Holy Spirit….not only in time, but at the present:

“In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness ; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words”. Romans 8:26

Even if we struggle often in prayer, rest assured that what is necessary and has to be said to the Father and Christ Jesus on our behalf is ALWAYS automatically taken care of by the Holy Spirit within us (again, Romans 8:26!!). Never feel as though you have to “perform” in any prescribed manner when praying formally or informally. The MOST IMPORTANT consideration here is that we are going to Them, however feeble our efforts may be.

And, Christ Jesus, Himself,  is ALWAYS there making intercession (“pleading”….Concordant Literal New Testament) on our behalf on every front. Romans 8:34

Let’s not forget Matthew 6:8: “for your Father does know those things that you have need of before your asking Him.”.

Finally, a prayer of thanksgiving is an excellent approach when coming before our Father and Christ Jesus. Just start thanking Them for any and everything that comes to mind….not only the “good stuff” they give us but for our least and worst trials, as well as our failures. Those failures should lead us to depend on Them more than ever!

Sometimes, as brought out in the Post on “God’s Silent Treatment”, it is good that we just come to Them in silence. If monkey chatter persists, usually repeating in our minds or verbally “Lord”, “Lord God”, “Father”, “Jesus” or similar words will keep the intrusive thoughts at bay.

And, your position in formal prayer should not be an issue: my favorite is lying in bed where I am very comfortable. (You might want to reference the Post “Pray On The Potty”)

The most important consideration is that we are coming to Them, giving Them our attention….as such, They and the Spirit within us will take care of the rest!

I would like to leave you with these words about prayer from Oswald Chambers that can be found at http://utmost.org/thinking-of-prayer-as-jesus-taught/, along with his other 364 daily entries. Here goes:

“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. The “pray without ceasing” quote came from 1 Thessalonians 5:17.

Later, in Christ,

Fred

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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