Have you ever said or thought, "Oh, I'm not going to bother God with something like that - He's got bigger problems to think about." - and then picked up the phone to call a friend and spend hours hashing it out?
Or, conversely, been on the receiving end of such a call and listened, offered advice, and commiserated.
A spiritual discipline that I have been asking the Father to develop in me is a 'Pray First' approach to life. In practical terms, that looks like me doing my 'hashing out' with God - most often out loud - before calling a friend. The second half of my discipline includes hearing someone's challenge and responding first with, 'Can I pray for you right now?'
Prayer is our opportunity to approach God's throne of Grace (undeserved favor) with BOLDNESS - and in that approach, receive mercy, and be covered in GRACE (His supernatural help that gives our want to's feet).
Prayer is a way for us to surrender our own will and understanding in favor of His will, His all-knowing. It releases us from the pressure to 'get it right' as we rely on His Best to be done in the situation. His responses to our prayers are another avenue to learning about God, an opportunity for us to develop 'passionate patience' in waiting for his response.
Today, I am asking the Father to give you an opportunity to practice a 'prayer first' response - and continue to grow in your friendship with Him as a result.
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