Luke 11:9-11 – So I say to you, "Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who seeks finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened."
I was reading an article someone sent me from Florida in response to a sermon of mine on the Internet. It was called: "One Woman's Prayer Life", and briefly this is what it said:
- We all have our own ideas about how we ought to pray and what we should be doing to grow closer to the Lord. But knowing what we should do and actually doing it are two different things, and the reality is we often fall short of our own goals. But the other reality is that the Lord meets us where we are, when we are ready to meet him, and answers us when we seek him in ways we least expect.
My everyday prayer life is very simple. I try to remember to start each day by saying a quick 'good-morning' to God, and asking God to guide my day. Then I try to think about God throughout the day — some days I do better than others at that. The only constant time I have for prayer is right before I close my eyes at night. I always say the Lord's Prayer and I truly focus on every word. Then I thank God for all the blessings of the day. I tell God of my love for him, ask forgiveness for times during the day when I forgot to walk with him, and I tell God of my needs or the needs of others.
God honours the prayers we offer moment by moment and day by day. It is God who invites us to keep at prayer throughout our lives.
Prayer: God of this new day, we greet you. As we open our eyes, we remember your love and as we close them at night we thank you for your care. Blessed be your name for ever and ever. Amen.