What is Prayer Without Participation?

by Janis Cox

What is Prayer Without Participation?

Prayer is work. YES Work.

Talking to God is starting to come naturally to me in the morning as I awake, during the day at certain times, at night before I sleep and in the watches of the night when He wakes me up.

But to actually have a full prayer life I need to make a determined choice to just do it.

I need to set a daily time for specific interaction with God for me and for others.

Ron Hughes gave us some points to ponder on prayer. The two that I decided – yes I made a determined decision – to work on are the first two in Ron’s List:

1) Keep a Prayer List

“I’ve resorted to keeping a prayer list, which my spontaneous side thinks is mechanical, but my mechanical side knows is necessary. If you’re young with a fabulous memory, you might not need this. I’m not and I do” – Ron Hughes.

2) Recall a Face

“When I know the person for whom I’m praying, I take time to recall his or her face, even briefly. This little bit of effort focusses my mind better than simply speaking, or thinking, a name. On a few occasions when the Lord has brought someone to mind, but not shown me what to pray for, I simply hold that person’s face in my mind and trust the Spirit to pray through me” – Ron Hughes.

I feel now that I am doing the “work” I am called to do.

“The quality of a person’s life is in direction proportion to their commitment of excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavour” – Vince Lombardi.

I want to be excellent in my prayer life. Therefore I need to make a determined commitment to work at it because the quality of my prayer life is in direct proportion to the amount of effort I put into it.

How are you doing in your prayer life?

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Jan Cox

Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator

Jan, 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. Jan has completed a children’s book called Tadeo Turtle. She is the watercolour illustrator. Word Alive has published Tadeo Turtle. See more information at Jan’s Website.


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