By Mike Glenn Prayer is the Work I grew up being taught I should have a “daily quiet time” with Jesus every day. This daily quiet time consisted of about five minutes of Bible reading — it wasn’t long or deep enough to be called study — and five minutes of prayer. Usually the prayer was giving Jesus a long list of things you wanted Him to fix. It was fast and easy, simple and efficient. Get in and get out. It wasn’t unusual to be in conversation with someone in the church and have them spontaneously grill you about your “daily quiet time.”
Thank you Mike for this wonderful insight into Prayer.
What is Spurgeon who said, "‘I rarely pray for more than 5 minutes, but I never go 5 minutes without praying"? I always wondered if Jesus was also praying throughout his trial, up to the crucifixion, etc. Non-stop. I sure do. Than you, Mike, for this!
Yes. “Abide in Christ,” and the work of the Father is to believe in the One He sent. It doesn’t seem like much on the outside, but I believe the true challenge of faith is holding onto God in Jesus through all the challenges of life.
Thanks. I really needed this reminder!
Appreciate. I've been blessed with a group of people willing to wrestle with this. Try. Experiment. I don't know how we are doing, trying to keep expecation minimal, but we are becoming closer. More connected. Last week one woman talked about how she has been asking Jesus to bring people to her awareness that have questions about God and their life. She's part of a pickle ball group, meeting new people. She is very joy filled a telling us about what is happening. And about her fear. Of not having the "right" answer and looking stupid. I just found her willingness so encouraging. And it's the desire to be in the Presence that is the seed of her experience.
Thanks for this. It is interesting how much emphasis in certain circles is put on reading one's Bible, but not (near) as much on prayer (and the various types of prayer).