The other day, I saw a posting on Facebook that made me chuckle; it was witty, yet true, and touched on a subject that I often think about. The status read:
“If you only pray when you’re in trouble, then you’re in trouble…”
I wanted to give this person a high-five for posting this because as my prayer life has become more active, I’ve made it a point to think about my prayers. Although church/religion has always been a part of my life, I wouldn’t consider myself to be super religious. I go to church and I’m grateful for its role, but like everything else in my life, I could do better. I used to be afraid to pray because it felt so selfish, but that’s because when I prayed I was ALWAYS asking for something and it wasn’t until I got a better understanding of what prayer was that I made time for it.
Prayer: A spiritual communication with God or an object of worship, as in supplication, thanksgiving, adoration or confession.
When I truly understood that I could just talk to God, my prayer life became more than just a scripted “Hallelujah” before bedtime. Now don’t get me wrong, I still ask for things to happen in my life, but they have become much less superficial and a lot more concrete.
I’ve never been one to pray for a husband… My mother and several women at my church have that covered already! I am speaking of attributes that will cater to my personal growth and things that are not superficial or replaceable… These types of prayers have become my personal preference.
A recent dating situation taught me a lesson about prayer. I learned that I was personally asking for the wrong things. I was specific in the “things” I was asking for and I got them too! I believe that God gets a good laugh from us, every once in a while, because he sent me EXACTLY what I was asking for, only for me to find out that it was SO not what I wanted!
I actually had a discussion with my bestie about the situation and she was a little frustrated with me because everything that we had been discussing about what I would want in a partner, this man had! But something was missing and I made the executive decision to keep it movin’…
I believe we evolve after certain experiences and my prayer life has definitely taught me some lessons. I’m sure this lifetime will teach me many more. Once again, I am grateful for the journey… No matter how long it may be…
Table for One please… prayer changes things… love me or leave me alone…