I'm currently in the middle of reading two books, (actually three considering the Bible) but right now I want to focus on exploring the book A Woman's Call to Prayer by Elizabeth George. In our Sunday school hour at church we're talking about prayer. I have had this book from Elizabeth George for some time and haven't picked it up to read it cover to cover. Well, I'm setting a goal to do just that and I figured that if I set out to tell you about the book bit by bit, I can read the whole book while sharing it with you.
In an opening statement titled An Invitation to...Become a Woman of Prayer she writes~ If you are like most women (and like me!), you can always use a little helpful motivation for improving and refreshing your commitment to pray. I'm hooked!...She goes on to say in the first chapter~ Prayer. Just say the word and I begin to yearn and squirm at the same time! As a woman after God's own heart, I yearn to pray. My soul longs for it. My spirit craves the communion with my heavenly Father that only the act of prayer provides..... And yet I also squirm at the thought of prayer. Why? Because even though I know praying to God will most definitely be rewarding and a blessing, I also know it is a serious undertaking. Approaching our thrice-holy God, while both a joy and a privilege, is an awesome and almost fearful consideration.
That's just the first paragraph and already it makes me think and want to evaluate my prayer life. How do I look at prayer? Does my soul long for it like King David of the Old Testament?, "As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God...My soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You" Psalm 42:1; 63:1 Is prayer a bargaining tool to help me through my daily struggles? Do I pray only when under pressure from this or from that?
I'm saddened to say that my soul doesn't long for deep communion with my Heavenly Father like it should. Sure I want the rewards and blessings from being in deep communion with God but often times I am quick to bring forth excuses....I'm tired, I'm never having the time, I'm too busy, it's been too long...blah blah blah the list of excuses continue. What do I do that takes me away from praying? I enjoy praying. I do pray everyday, just not enough as far as I'm concerned. I want more time with my God and Savior. All the time in the world with Him is not enough. I desire more! Some of you know what I am talking about and can relate.
What about you though?....Do you pray?....Do you believe in prayer?....Have you said "Hello" to God today? Have you taken the time to show your gratitude towards God? Is it time for you to evaluate your own prayer life?
Other highlights in her first chapter are Hearing God's Call to Prayer, Making a Commitment and Checklist for Prayer. In her second chapter she titles it Ten Reasons Women Don't Pray-Part One. I'm excited to read that chapter and share it with you. I'm sure I will find myself in that chapter as well. Praying for my prayer life and yours! It's never a wrong time to be in communion with God!
Glad to share my cup of coffee with you!
Until next time....