Monday, December 28, 2009

Praying continually

Michael Mckinley at Church Matters writes about his difficulty praying and a solution he's found:
I've been really helped by Paul Miller's book, A Praying Life. In it, he writes:
I discovered myself praying simple two- and three-word prayers, such as Teach me or Help me, Jesus. The psalms are filled with this type of short bullet prayer. Praying simple one-word prayers or a verse of Scripture takes the pressure off because we don't have to sort out exactly what we need... Often we are too weary to figure out what the problem is. We just know that life — including ours — doesn't work. So we pray, Father, Father, Father.
This small insight has been really helpful to me. Instead of remaining in silence because I don't have the right words, I have found myself praying "Jesus, help me!" throughout the day.