WHAT WOULD MY LIFE be like if I just stopped praying altogether? I mean, what if God promised me that things would stay the same regardless of whether I prayed or not: would I still continue to pray? That’s a hard question. But I’ve thought about it because on a whole other level I’m a little curious about why some of us feel compelled to pray, even when our scales of belief are tipped toward the negative.
But even with a sporadic prayer life, I can’t imagine a life without prayer, without some effort to reach for God with all the cares and worries I drag with me wherever I go, and without some effort to invite God to speak to me in the times when I am sensible enough to just be quiet. Plus there’s a side of me that doesn’t really know how to express my love for God without prayer in my life. I’m not sure when or how I started feeling this way, but somewhere along the line, I’ve discovered that when I do pray, I am reminded of who God is and who I am. It’s hard to pray for anything without at some point naming God as one who is capable of all things.
– Enuma Okoro
From page 95 of Reluctant Pilgrim: A Moody, Somehwat Self-Indulgent Introvert’s Search for Spiritual Community. Copyright © 2010 by Enuma Okoro. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
When have you stopped praying? What made you return to prayer? Share your thoughts.
The LORD is king! Let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad!
Psalm 92:1, NRSV
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John of Avila. (May 10).
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