I totally resonate with Tozer, recognizing those stress-filled moments, regretting prayer wasn't my immediate response. The closer I am living with Jesus, the more intimate the fellowship. And that helps shape my default response to the surrounding world. It leads towards me living not from my own strength, but as one empowered from on high.
Check out Tozer's encouragement to live out a "Whole Life Prayer."
This year I'm reading a compilation of thoughts from one of the great theologians, preachers, teachers of recent history, A.W. Tozer. What I ready today really strikes me as a great lithmus test. What are the contents of my prayers? Have I "lost the wonder" associated with communicating with the God of the universe?
When reflecting upon the circumstances surrounding me, seeing His hand at work, or maybe even capturing a glimpse of God's glory, I really can't help but have a "wow" or "whoa" or "oh" kinda moment. Actually, writing now, if I don't regularly have those "in awe" moments that's probably a reflection of my current focus. I'm probably living too tactical or in my own "small story" without a deepening intimacy with Jesus.
How does your "awe factor" come out when you pray?
We're on a journey to create an atmosphere where people are comfortable publicly asking for prayer. It's easy to get discouraged when nobody comes asking; don't be! Keep praying!
Here are three things I think we can do to stay focused and positive:
What are your ideas to create a positive atmosphere, one that makes asking for prayer more open and more easy?