In the beginning…

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Well here I go… I’m on Facebook, I’m on Twitter and now I’m blogging!

So what’s in a name?  ‘Pray and Act’ is something I say to myself every morning and try to say to myself every time I face a challenging situation. I say ‘try’ because I don’t always remember to, instead I often charge at the situation full of confidence that I can fix it in my own power only to stumble and realise that ‘apart from him I can do nothing’. It’s only then that I finally remember to stop and pray.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5 NIV

I don’t remember the last time, in fact any time, when I thought to myself that prayer was a waste of time so I will keep telling myself to Pray and Act in the hope that prayer will become so natural that I stop acting without prayer only to fall back on prayer as tool used for emergencies.

Prayer is easy and it should be as natural as breathing but somehow it doesn’t feel that way. I like to remind myself that even the apostles, the disciples that were closest to Jesus, wanted help with praying.

One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1 NIV

We know that prayer is important and therefore we have a tendency to over-complicate it, it also takes time and, well, that is a precious commodity. Jesus taught his disciples the Lord’s Prayer; a prayer that can teach us so much about how to pray. But as important as it is to study it and learn from it, we must remember it is also important to actually say it!

It has been a prayer that I have said when I do not have the words to pray, trusting that the spirit knows the groans of my heart.

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.  Romans 8:26 NIV

Stop reading this for a moment, grab a watch and time yourself saying the Lord’s prayer, or just trust me that even when I said it fairly slowly it only took 30 seconds. So if you’re struggling to pray and don’t think you have time, ask yourself ‘do I really not have 30 seconds for God?’

As this is the prayer that Jesus taught us we should at least say it once a day. So why not try saying it everyday, try saying it at the same time. It’s part of my morning routine, I find it helpful to link it with a daily activity, brushing your teeth, waiting for the kettle to boil for your morning coffee or as you get dressed. I hope that it will soon be a natural part of your morning not just a routine said by rote but a conscious decision to start your day knowing that God is your focus!

Thank you for reading and sharing my blog!

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