I stole this little prayer from my sister in law, Trish, who has it as a tag ending on her e-mails (I know she won't mind me sharing it)
Dear God, please, please give me an insatiable desire and thirst for Jesus, for Your Word, my Savior. Open my eyes that I may see myself as You see me, that I may see and love others from Your viewpoint, that You would be the absolute center and guiding light of my life. Refresh my daily walk that I may walk with You in quiet places, in heavenly places, and throughout all of life into eternity. Thank You, God, my source of life and comfort and being. Bless You, Lord. In Jesus' name, amen. (PrimeTime with God, February 16, 2008)
Isn't that beautiful? I believe and want to pray all of those things-
*to have a desire for Jesus - always!
*to desire God's word- always!
*That I would see myself and others as God does?!?!! Wow- wouldn't that change my life if I could completely do that.
Lately I have discovered that I cannot pray quietly in my head. This works sometimes when I am walking around or have just a really quick prayer, "Lord please help me to stay calm and not blow up at the kids!"
But when I am reading His word, and then want to pray and worship the Lord and give Him praise and ask for His mercy and forgiveness- I will start to pray and quickly lose focus and then realize that I have been sitting there for 10 minutes thinking about everything other than God!
What has helped has been to write out a prayer- sort of like a letter to God- or to pray out loud. It helps- I wish I could say all of my prayers are as beautiful as the one that I stole from Trish...but many times it is, "You know, right, Lord? You know exactly what I need in this situation and I don't know how to even pray about this."
And He does know!
What has helped you to have a good prayer time with the Lord?
On a totally different topic- here are the first wedding vows I have ever painted.