Most of the practices of the Christian faith come real easy to me. Going to church every week, engaging in worship and meeting people is one of the highlights of my week so it's no sweat to be there. I love our small group that meets on Thursday night and all the discussions and debates we have. As for reading the Bible, well that's a walkover for someone like me who reads as a hobby anyway. Praying though, well that's another matter......
During yesterday's message, The Power of #Christianeering, I mentioned a super little book that I read called "Too busy not to pray" by Bill Hybels. In Chapter 6 he lays out a "Pattern for Prayer." This pattern is the now relatively common ACTS pattern and stands for Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication. I've actually been using it for some time now, from when I heard someone speak of it in church years back. I've found it very helpful in giving me a frame work to pray as before I began using this my prayers were pretty much full of "supplication" (I want something) and little of the others. I've also found his advice on finding a specific place and a specific time to pray most helpful - for me that's first thing in the morning in a big brown leather chair that's in our lounge.
To be honest, my prayer life is still not what it should be. I really struggle with this area of my Christian life, but I continue to make progress every year. One thing I do know though is I am one of those "too busy NOT to pray" people and my activist nature is something that will easily crush out time that I should be spending in prayer, solitude and meditation if I'm not careful.
Are you "too busy not to pray"?
Have a great week!