I have a constant conversation with my best friend running in my head. He hears the smallest detail that I wouldn’t dream of bothering anyone else with. He hears my lame attempts at humor when I’m bored. He hears the subtle self-esteem bashing, the ferocity of my grumbling against other people, the hopes that are unfulfilled and have been for a long time. He hears it all.
And yet, I do not consider myself to be a great pray-er. I love talking with God all day long. But I do not “pray” nearly as much as I should. Nearly as much as I’d like.
I think I struggle with feeling like my stream-of-consciousness relational conversation isn’t really prayer. And if it’s not really prayer and prayer is only when I’m writing in a journal or going through a list of praises or requests or sitting down with another person, then, no, I do not pray enough.
But I think it’s both. And I think it’s more.
I think we sell ourselves short with our lists. And, on the other end, when we kick ourselves for maybe only getting around to saying “help” in a three-day span of time because of our busyness and chaos.
Here’s a verse I’ve memorized recently…from Ephesians 3:20-21a:
Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory.
Because the above verse tells us that God is able to do so much more than we ask for. I’ve heard it said that when He hears us pray sometimes asking for things like protection or a parking space (there’s no way I’m the only one), He just might be thinking, That’s it? That’s all you want? I can do so much more for you than just that!
If the whole point of life is to love God and bring Him glory, then really, how is a good parking space going to do that? Where is the faith needed in that? He wants to do immeasurably more for us. He wants to set us free from a long-time addiction. He wants to bring us peace in the most chaotic of life circumstances. He wants to bring us healing from the deep pain that has chased us all our lives. He wants to bring us out into the light…He wants to soften our rough, rough edges…He wants to help us love each other. Can you imagine?
So whether you pray once a day at 5:30 in the morning on your knees for an hour, or on the fly, or all day long…pray bigger. Believe more. Hope higher. And then watch for the immeasurably more of God to come through for you.
© 2009 Elisabeth K. Corcoran
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Guest Post: Elisabeth Corcoran, author of He Is Just that Into You
Today I am honored to be part of Elizabeth Corcoran's blog tour promoting her new book, He Is Just That Into You. Elizabeth wrote a post for Read.Hear.See.Feel on the topic of Prayer.