I sometimes think I have a love/hate relationship with prayer. I love to pray…to be in God’s presence, to know that He is listening and acting on my behalf.

Then there are the days when I feel like the prayers hit the ceiling and no one is really listening. Discouragement sets in and before I know it, days weeks have gone by since I’ve had a real time of communing with the Father.

Can someone please tell me that I’m not alone?

At the beginning of the year, I felt like I needed to do something to get out of this prayer-rut I was in. So I joined an online Bible study, which just so happened to be about prayer. There’s a Facebook group and each morning after reading and writing and talking to the Lord, I post my thoughts from that day’s reading in the group.

Here’s my testimony today, friends. The last few weeks have been the sweetest time of prayer. I’ve read just a few verses each day and taken just a few minutes to think through what they say and how they apply to me. I’ve been challenged to think about my prayer life and how it’s been effective in my life. Prayer is always effective…God always hears. But I think there are times that my prayers just weren’t effective for me. I was left still angry or frightened or unsure.

Lately, I’ve concentrated more on praising God. I’m listening to what He is saying in those few verses each morning. And I’ve become more openhanded with my prayer…more willing to lay it at His feet and wait to see how He would respond.

This week I was reminded,

God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.

Glory to God in the church!
Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus!
Glory down all the generations!
Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes!

Ephesians 3:20-21 MSG

His Spirit working in me so that He can accomplish more than I ask or imagine. All I have to do is keep on praying and release the results to Him. And hopefully my prayer life is becoming more love, than hate, these days!


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Holly Barrett

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