The art of prayer

When your daughter goes on vacation and texts you the following pictures after her flight into the jungle, you’d better know how to pray.

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The truth is, my prayers at moments like these probably sound more like a toddler begging for candy at the store…

“PLEEEASE, OH PLEESSAAAEEE Lord keep my child safe- can you? can you please????? Please keep those crocs, snakes and wild monkies away and could you try to get her a better plane for her return flight Lord? ..like one with wings that don’t look so “homemade-ish,” maybe one that’s big enough for a flight attendant and a drink cart?.. or at the very least one where the pilot has some privacy??😦 PLEEEASEEE???”

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And yes my friends, I have four- FOUR– grown kids…and no, my eldest daughter and her boyfriend weren’t the only ones who chose a Zika hot-spot for their vacation; my son and his wife just returned from Jamaica..so trust me, I had the good Lord on speed dial and was hammer calling Him like crazy..

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Great shot..where’s the can of bug spray…😦..?

Then I reminded myself of a little experiment I tried this summer..a period of no prayer requests- just thanks. I remembered how freeing it felt to short-circuit my habit of “hyper- praying.” I know the bible tells us to pray, and we should, but sometimes the very act of urgently praying takes on an oppressive, obsessive quality and instead of feeling relief, I feel almost superstitiously chained to the act.

Thanksgiving on the other hand is completely liberating.

I am quite literally handing my concerns, my cares, my kids over to the Lord and thanking Him for everything. The minute I feel myself defaulting to anxious supplication (haha) I immediately override those thoughts with a fresh flood of thanks. When I focus on gratitude my anxiety melts away and I am able to focus on that which I’d otherwise miss..

Because after-all, my daughter sent these wondrous pictures too…

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