WEDNESDAY THOUGHT 4/27/16: THE GIFT OF MORNING PRAYER

April 27, 2016 on 9:28 am | By | In Faith & Forgiveness | Comments Off on WEDNESDAY THOUGHT 4/27/16: THE GIFT OF MORNING PRAYER

Much of the time, when God answers my prayers, I don’t even see it happening.  I spent much of my life kicking against the goads, doing everything one way:  MY way!  Fortunately, somewhere along the way, God gave me the gift of morning prayers.  I don’t remember exactly when or exactly how, but I began reading scripture and praying every morning.  It just happened.  Correction:  It did not just happen; God did it without briefing me first.

I prayed for many things, no, not selfish things, but good things. When I prayed for myself, I often found myself asking for three simple blessings:  “Lord, please give me faith, strength, and guidance.”  He did. What a wondrous way to start a day – talking to God and asking for His favor!

When God gave me the gift of Susan, I got a gift wrapped in a gift: Thanks to her late brother Phil, she had become a woman of faith. She was also becoming a woman of prayer.  So, these days, every day, first thing when we’re both up, Susan and I give thanks, read scripture together, and pray for others.  We never planned it.  We never said, “This is what we are going to do.”  We just starting doing it.  What an awesome gift.

My point: I don’t have a clue.  I just know that prayer is the most powerful gift God gives us. It strengthens us in times of difficulty; it opens up doors when we are in need of guidance and direction; it helps those for whom we pray, especially those who do not know how to pray for themselves and those who have no one else praying for them; and it centers us and reminds us that God knows exactly what He is doing.  Exactly.  — JRI 

 

Morning by morning he awakens me

     and opens my understanding of his will.”

                  — Isaiah 50:4b

 

While our morning prayers follow a specific pattern, they are far from formal. They’re mostly like a chat among three very special friends – God, Susan and me – enjoying a cup of morning tea or coffee.  We laugh.  We interrupt each other and comment on passages, events and people.  Sometimes we complain, knowing that complaints can be the most honest of prayers.  Sometimes our morning prayers are rote and feel devoid of feeling.  Sometimes they are passionate and filled with the Spirit.  When we are on the road together, we do our prayers in the car.  When apart, we do them on the phone.  They are an important part of our day.

If you would like to begin morning prayers, but are not sure where to start, here are a few suggestions that will take no more than 30 minutes each day: (1) Write down individually one thing for which you are most grateful this day, and then share it.  For us, it can be as broad as “grace” or as specific as a butterfly seen in the garden.  (2) Select daily readings.  We generally use Forward Day by Day or The Upper Room.  We also include the daily reading from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.  (3)  Make a list of others who need your prayers, and pray for them by name each morning.  (4) Be flexible.  Add, adjust and change your prayer patterns as you are comfortable.  Sometimes when we are in a hurry, we do abbreviated prayers.  Sometimes we include a brief reading from something we encountered the day before.  Most of all, just talk to God, thank Him and offer Him your day.  Enjoy.

John Ingrisano

DailyConnections

April 27, 2016

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