Daily Delight

Friday, July 29, 2016

Mother Teresa said, “Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at his disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.” I’m not proud to say that I struggle with prayer. I struggle with feeling connected. I find it hard to keep a personal connection with God when he’s not a person. Anyone else feel me on this? I hit a low point and then return to prayer, only to feel guilty about that habit of mine. So what is prayer? What’s the point? Why am I so bad at it? Maybe this idea of prayer was designed to be something other than humans asking of and thanking God. Maybe prayer is just about being with God.

If you take at look at neuroscience and prayer–two things we don’t typically place together–you can see that we are almost designed to pray; I mean really pray. Prayer is not simply asking God to fix something in your life when you need Him, but it is an active and humble effort to communicate with and focus on our Creator. When we pray and meditate the frontal lobe increases in activity, just as if we were having an intense conversation with someone, and allows us to focus intently and tune out everything else.

How amazing that we serve a God that has designed us to be able concentrate solely on our relationship with Him when we speak to Him! Maybe I can do this prayer thing. It should not be a burden and it should not be a last minute resort, but an honored time of peace and submission to the One who keeps that connection with us. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. - Psalm 19:14 

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Sarah Dixon≫ ≫A native to Arkansas, Sarah is studying journalism at Harding University. She is a part-time barista, social media manager and copy editor. In her free time she enjoys dance, playing music and yoga. Sarah spent a semester in London and would love to return one day and hopefully use her gift of writing for the glory of God. You can read more of Sarah’s thoughts at gentlywhole.weebly.com


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