Sunday, February 21, 2010

Deep Thoughts: Practice Makes Perfect

Editor's Note: This devotion will appear in the 2010 Lenten devotional book that my church compiled. 

My steps have held to your paths; my feet have not slipped. I call on you, O God, for you will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer. - Psalm 17: 5-6.

Recently, I joined the thousands (probably millions) of people who send text messages.

I was dragged kicking and screaming into this form of communication when a friend’s son was in the hospital - it was the best way to contact her for updates, since she could text quietly from his bedside.

I’ll admit, I’m pretty lousy at it. Some of my initial messages consisted of “yes” or “no” or “praying.”

But slowly, and with practice, I’ve started to have actual - albeit short - conversations with a few people.

I know that by investing lots of time, energy and of course, sending messages, I might be able to send messages like many of my friends - quickly and with lots of skill.

Learning to pray may be a bit like learning to text. It may seem hard at first, and you might stumble around a bit, but slowly, with practice, your “messages” to God evolve from one word requests to full conversations.

While texting isn’t my favorite way to communicate - I’d much rather have a phone conversation with someone - I can see its value, because it keeps me in contact with friends.

Prayer keeps us in contact with God. It may seem hard at first, but keep trying. You might be surprised at what God will tell you through prayer.

Prayer: God, I realize I don’t always stop to talk to you. Sometimes I worry about “how” I pray, rather than “what” I’m praying. Help me remember that the most important thing I can do today, is to stop and talk with you. Amen.

Question for Today: How will you start communicating with God today?

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