Is my prayer life filled with frostbite, foresight, or just a spaceflight into dreamland? How do I get prayer right?

So many amazing people have written incredible articles on prayer. There are even more great quotes as well. Still, with so much written, I have trouble getting it right.

Oswald Chambers tells us, “We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on our difficulties.”
For me, “I prey with my eyes on my difficulties.” My difficulties don’t stand a chance.

Saint Augustine tells us, “Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.” I run my life a little differently, “Pray as though everything depended on me, and work as if everything depended on me.” Somehow, I think I missed something here.

The wisdom of John F. Kennedy tell us, “Do not pray for easy lives, pray to be stronger men.”
In honor of good old JFK, I “Pray for easy lives that make us stronger men.” Isn’t that what he said?

Normal Vincent Peal tell us, “Four things for success: work and pray, think and believe.”
For me, it’s “Smirk and play or stink and achieve.”

This one I’ve worked on for quite a while. My friends grandma always told me that, “A family that prays together, stays together.” I’m not sure that I’ve understood a single word she said. So, I asked for help.

One mom told me it was, “A family that plays together, sways together.” Okay, she was a music teacher. My girlfriend told me it was, “A family that plays together, stays together.” What a great girlfriend. My testosterone laden friends told me it was, “A family that flays together, steaks together.” We’re barbecue kings. My dad told me it was, “A family that preys together, doesn’t go hungry.” The way to a man’s heart is … you know the rest.

Still, with everything that I do wrong with prayer, God still loves me. He’s not mad at me. He hasn’t turned His back on me. He knows that I always do my best and that I always keep trying. He’s a very patient teacher. And, He’s a lot of fun to talk to.

God doesn’t demand perfection. He asks for followers.

Paul said it best in 2 Corinthians 12:7-10. “So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “ My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

 

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