Spent a lot of today in prayer, obviously we are setting up a 24-7 boiler room here on the island, so you would expect that prayer was a big part of what we do.
We continue to meet everyday from 1.30 - 2.30 to pray as a community some days we don't always make it as we have jobs and people to see. At least 4 of us go every day. Sometimes it's boring, sometimes it's hard going, sometimes it's inspired, occasionally we really feel the Spirit in the room most times we just plod on.
I am amazed how much prayer is a help, Tracy and myself try to pray together a lot, if you're a couple I feel this is a very important part of your relationship. Often we get stressed and talk about problems and situations and then pray. Most times we end up feeling, "why didn't we pray sooner?". Even if nothing changes instantly, I find that prayer shifts your perspective, and a lot of our stresses come about by how we view our problems! So prayer somehow lifts us to see tham as God sees them.
I love that verse in Isaiah, that says "those who hope (wait) on the Lord will sore on wings like eagles" Eagles have a different perspective, they see the world differently, you could almost say it's a heavenly perspective. Prayer helps give me a heavenly perspective. A different view of my problems.
We have some good prayer times together, although occasionaly I have tried point scoring prayers. "dear God help tracy to snap out of it and get over it etc..." You know the ones, "Dear God please help Tracy to see that i am a man and have needs!!" Obviously they don't work....
I am a boring prayer person, I just like to get on with it say what you need to say and then move on, I try to practice the presence, whatever that means? But I get bored and distracted real easy. When we have long waiting on god times I end up having to lie down and have a daydream. God tends to show up for me more when I am busy or doing something else.
Here's a confession, when Toronto hit years ago people were falling like flies, it happened to me a few times. But on occasion I would just take a dive and succumb to Christian peer pressure and pretend the Holy spirit had knocked me over, come on anyone who has been in one of those situations must have done it?
Anyway, I'll keep praying, I believe it works.