Daily Devotional September 21, 2020

In August, I fervently prayed for rain.  I’ve stopped.

Now the tanks are overflowing, the grass is green, and the field that needs to be plowed is too muddy.  With me, it’s always something.

I wonder if God ever gets tired of hearing my prayers of endless requests?  I would.

I can see it now.  The moment I get on my knees, God thinks, “Oh boy!  Here it comes.”

But I also know from scripture that’s not how it works.

Paul said:  “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  (1Thessalonians 5:16-18)

While some may see it as a complete waste of time, prayer is the most important thing I do.  Prayer is where my mind finds peace in the never-ending storms of life.  Prayer is where I lift up others to our God of compassion, grace, and healing.  Prayer helps me see the changes I need to make to be a better person.  Prayer gives me comfort and guidance.  It truly nourishes my soul.

So does God get tired of my prayers?  Nope.

If you are searching, empty, lost, know of others in need, filled with pain or hurt, feeling helpless, or overwhelmed by life; the answer is to connect to the only One that will make you whole and give you peace.  The answer is to pray.

Just know if this is a new discipline, it will take time.  That’s okay because you have the rest of your life.

So this morning, push the noise of this world out of your head and intentionally connect to the One who loves you more than life itself.  What many see as a waste of time will be the best investment you ever make.  Become a person of prayer.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, guide my words, thoughts, and actions.  Help me draw closer to you.  Let me feel your presence and love.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Prayer is the most important thing I do but there is a downside.  Too often, God uses my prayers to help me see my petty, self-involved, narcissistic behavior.  I’m not cool with this part of prayer but God seems to think it is important.  God probably knows best.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins