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November 10, 2017

Praying is wanting

“Your desire is your prayers; and if your desire is without ceasing, your prayer will also be without ceasing. The continuance of your longing is the continuance of your prayer. ”
(Augustine)

 

Here’s the easiest way to discover the deepest longings of your heart, the thing you want MOST: Ask God for it.

 

Imagine God met you one-on-one, and asked you to request the one thing you wanted. Imagine the supreme intelligence and power of the universe, with all creative powers at hand, asking you to say aloud one thing you want more than anything. You may not believe in God, or you may not believe God cares about what you want. Doesn’t matter…this exercise works anyway. Set aside your beliefs for a second and imagine there is a God and this God has agreed to give you anything you ask for.

 

What would you say? Do you find yourself judging your wants as too selfish? Too small? Too big? Try not to put any judgment on it whatsoever. Just name it and write it down. Then, sometime this weekend, take it out and look at it. Re-examine it. Is this really what you want? Is it a strong enough, true enough desire that you would ask God for it? If so, then here’s the next thought…

 

How would you organize your life in order to receive this “blessing”? What would you be willing to do in order to get it?

 

Where would you start?

 

Peace begins with pause,

 

 

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