Overcoming the Silence
Ready. Set. GO!
I’ve been struggling in my prayer life for a while. It began a couple years ago when I had fallen into a very deep and dark depression (I have bipolar, so this happens).. I struggled to pray. Even in the past, when this came up, I could muster the words, “I still believe”- when tragedy struck my home after a home invasion, these were my only prayers for months. It is understandable in these painful moments of life. What about the times that aren’t painful, that for some reason, you just can’t get it done, you just stop trying?
If you remain faithful, God will always help you through.
A few months ago I began praying specific to my 1 lb granddaughter’s survival, and realized I can do this, and praying gave me peace. Who doesn’t want peace? I had to be more intentional and try. So I began talking to God about life- the intentional part began with just making sure I was talking to him. Slowly, day after day, we had our lovely chat. Maybe it wasn’t what others deem ‘meaningful’ prayer, but it was a start. It felt amazing to be consistent and persistent in my efforts!
Then I decided to try something new- I boosted a post on facebook to specifically ask my followers how I can pray for them. I had an amazing turn out, and would go back in the Sanctuary and pray through the many requests that had come through. I could feel God working for them, and for me, in that quiet time.
Little by little I have been able to increase my prayer life, boldly. Through not fearing the ‘try’, I have been able to experience the closeness and intimate relationship through prayer that God wants to share with us. This morning, without any thought, I was able to simply say thank you to God for pointing out a bulletin error- it’s nothing big, just a small prayer of thanks. But I was excited because I know how hard I have tried to get here- to know how important our conversations with God are, even the smallest ones.
If you want to grow- He is ready to help!
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