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Prayer is something I've always struggled with. My mind often goes to the theological underpinnings of prayer... why do we do it? Do we actually change God's will? Is it more for us than Him? Honestly though, my theological questions are more excuses than anything. I don't pray as much as I should because I get lazy and distracted. Life gets in the way.
My girls are currently going through the devotional I Can Learn to Pray by Holly Hawkins Shivers. The book is divided into 52 weekly devotions that teach kids -- in language they can understand -- all the "theological underpinnings" of prayer. Why we do it, how we do it, when we should do it, and more. Needless to say, it's been as good for me as them.
And ironically enough, since starting this devotional with them, a friend of mine contacted me and a few others about reading through 31 Prayers for My Husband by Jennifer Smith. We are doing the daily prayers on our own and then meeting each week to talk and pray together.
God must be wanting to teach me something about prayer!
I don't know why I so often struggle to pray. Anytime I have fervently, consistently prayed for my husband (for example), I have seen God move. But then, like I said, I let things get in the way and I start slacking off. I am excited about friends holding me accountable to pray and excited to see what God will do in all of our marriages. And I am excited to continue learning the whats, whens and hows of prayer in my devotions with the kids. Sometimes doing kid devotions is so good for me... I, like many of you I'm sure, tend to over-analyze God and faith and scripture. Sometimes the simplicity of kids' devotions is just what I need. After all, the Word says we are to have faith like a child.
Something else I've noticed in my Bible reading lately... the apostles prayed. The writers of scripture prayed. If the disciples who walked with Jesus and Paul who was blinded and transformed by Him felt the strong need to pray, it must matter! Obviously there is purpose in it. Even if I'm never able to fully grasp whether my prayers are changing the will of God or if they're just changing me, I will pray because God's Word says to and the holy men He inspired to write scripture found it vital to their existence.
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