ARE YOU STRUGGLING WITH YOUR PRAYER LIFE?

Are You Struggling in Your Prayer Life?

by Janis Cox

Prayerfulness

Are My Prayers Prayeful?

This past Wednesday on my own blog, He Cares for Us, I wrote about true worship. I realized that sometimes I am not worshipping with my whole spirit. I am sometimes not truly present when I sing or even when I listen to sermons. (That doesn’t happen as much any more as I like to take notes and that keeps me focused.)

As I became more intentional in worship I felt closer to God and my worship became worshipful.

I have struggled in the same way in my prayer life. Sometimes I feel as though I am going through the motions. I have an agenda – something that needs to be done – to tick off my list. But am I connecting with God?

Are my prayers – prayerful? (tweet this)

I tried a new discipline in March after reading the book Wonderstruck by Margaret Feinberg. I tried praying only 3 word prayers.

Yes 3 word prayers.

Because I was intentional in this I found my prayers became more specific; they took me longer to think and compose and they brought me closer to God.

I am now leading a Bible study with the Wonderstruck Bible Study. We are studying session 4 this week, a chapter on prayer. Once again Margaret reminded me of being intentional, not blathering on and on, or having as she calls is a “noversation”. I am going to try this once again for this week and see if my passion and connection will resurface.

How do you struggle in your prayer life?

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Janis Cox

Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator

Janis, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. She is also a contributor to a group blog called Family and Faith Matters. Janis has completed a children’s book called Tadeo Turtle. She is the author and watercolour illustrator. Word Alive has published Tadeo Turtle. See more information at Janis’s Website.

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6 Responses to ARE YOU STRUGGLING WITH YOUR PRAYER LIFE?

  1. Excellent write-up. I definitely appreciate this site.

    Continue the good work!

  2. Dear Janis,
    I was just thinking of you and then I linked up behind you at Laura’s…Happy to read your thoughts…another funny coincidence is that I also wrote about prayer for my post there 🙂 Blessings to you as you pray 🙂

  3. Janis Cox says:

    Michelle,
    It is funny how “noversation” gets in. I have found this week that the 3 word prayers do help me focus. Keeping it simple.
    Blessings,
    Janis

  4. Janis Cox says:

    Mia,
    Yes and I do talk in every day language but sometimes I don’t focus. So this discipline this week will be to focus and using 3 words helps me do that.
    Blessings,
    Janis

  5. I think I do quite a bit of that “noversation,” unfortunately. I was quite taken with the concept of the 3-word prayer when I read Wonderstruck a couple of months ago … but I haven’t tried it out yet!

  6. Mia says:

    Dear Janis
    I hear your heart, my friend! Once I started to talk to our Pappa as if He was (which He truly is) my best friend and also in my everyday language, I soon began to experience wonderful fellowship with Him. I found the secret in total simplicity, honesty, openness and truth!
    Blessings
    Mia

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