Unlimited: Prayer Is Not Just Spending Time On Your Knees

Aug 13, 2021 371

Unlimited: Prayer Is Not Just Spending Time On Your Knees

Keep on Praying (Romans 12:12, NLT).

An objection to prayer that I encountered early in my life is that we think it means spending long hours on our knees. The great preacher, Spurgeon, said, “If that’s what prayer is, I couldn’t do it, even for the sake of eternity.”

I remember as a young, inexperienced student, going to the most saintly man in the college community. “Brother Bohringer,” I asked, “is prayer all about spending a long time on your knees?”

“Oh, no, son,” he answered. “Prayer is just talking to God, wherever you are, whatever you are doing. It’s not just about being on your knees.”

You don’t have to be on your knees to pray.

Of course, it is true that many of the great saints of history have spent long hours in prayer. But they were hours spent in meditation and the study of God’s word, and in crying out. One disciple of Saint Francis of Assisi listened all night long to the great man. All the disciple heard was Francis saying every now and again, “My God and my all. My God and my all.” That is a grand prayer.

Periods of prayer work both ways. We speak to God, God speaks to us, and we stop and think.

Prayer goes both ways. The person who is talking all the time never learns anything. That’s wasteful. – Des Ford (adapted)

Reflection: Make up your mind to pray during the whole day today. You don’t have to close your eyes or kneel down. Just be conscious of the presence of God throughout the day; speak to God in your mind about what you are doing, and the issues you are facing. Afterwards, reflect on what that experience was like.

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Olivia

Aug 13, 2021

Blessing and praising God is such a privilege it's the most inspiring feeling knowing that God is right there to hear our ever calling but I get such love grace and mercy when I talk to God everyday all day cause I feel nobody knows me like Jesus I thank God the Son and the holy spirit for his covenant in and around my life and I thank GNU for spreading the gospel and for sharing our testimony in Jesus name amen


Siamesemama1

Aug 13, 2021

This is why I feel so blessed to have found GNU online: ".Just be conscious of the presence of God throughout the day; speak to God in your mind about what you are doing,...." So simple & true! Thank you LORD for your good shepherds like Eliezer.


Monday

Aug 13, 2021

Timely message


Letty

Aug 13, 2021

I have been inspired by the fact that prayer is not only about being on our knees. Lately I have been praying a lot with my heart. My prayers are like I'm now talking to God as I realize that my core prayers are not being answered. I was thinking maybe it's a sign that I'm giving up. Thank you for the assurance that God still hear my prayers


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