A few days ago Edmund (thanks, Edmund!) forwarded an article about prayer written by Max Lucado. There is one portion there which really attracts me.

“Most of us struggle with prayer. We forget to pray, and when we remember, we hurry through prayers with hollow words. Our minds drift; our thoughts scatter like a covey of quail. Why is this? Prayer requires minimal effort. No location is prescribed. No particular clothing is required. No title or office is stipulated. Yet you’d think we were wrestling a greased pig.” (emphasis mine)

Hmm, this is true when it comes to prayer before meal. Pretty often I hurry through the prayers especially when I have meal with friends. Maybe when I have meal alone, I can still discipline my mind and pray earnestly. Does the same thing happen to you? If yes, do you have any idea how we can pray earnestly before meal when we are with friends? At least for now, I can’t think of any solution.

But most importantly, prayer must be earnest during personal quite time. As a comparison, we put 100% attention when we talk to our boss or our life partner. How much more we should focus while talking to the King of kings!

So, what is the solution to prevent drifting mind and hollow words? Just imagine as if God is right in front of us as we talk to Him Smile

Pray often! Pray more! Pray again!

Keep asking. Keep seeking. Keep knocking.


Posted October 27, 2010 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Uncategorized

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