Thursday, May 2, 2019

I Forget to Pray

And we are confident that He hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases Him.
1 John 5:14 (NLT)

I just signed up to receive a daily email reminder to pray. Why? Because I forget.

A friend shared a family issue with me recently because she “knows I’m someone who prays often.” A response flashed through my mind: I should tell her I don’t pray as often as she thinks. I remained quiet, but resolved to honor her request (and I have). I’m just as distracted by my busy schedule as anyone else, so reminders to pray regularly are helpful.

By maintaining a rhythm of focused time with God we gain patience, kindness, and purpose. God hears our prayers and pours out fruits of the Spirit that we can’t manufacture by ourselves like joy, gentleness and self-control.

Our prayer time isn’t merely about asking for and receiving things from God. It’s about relationship. People in relationships hang out together. They share exciting news and things that hurt. They talk about issues that concern both of them and those that are important to the other person. Healthy relationships are two-sided.

Establishing a relationship with an invisible God is a little trickier. It’s easy to forget to stay in touch with God when the kids need breakfast, the dog needs a walk, the meeting starts in a few minutes, and this pace keeps up all day. So reminders to read scripture and pray are helpful.

We’re in this together, supporting one another in seeking a deeper relationship with God. (tweet this)

Do you sometimes forget to include God in your day?
Do you notice a difference after prayer time?
What helps you maintain this habit?

#SeedsofScripture @Cathy_Chung #quiettime #fruitoftheSpirit #relationshipwithGod

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