Prayer and Attitude

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I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word.  John 17:20

Over and over, I am finding that the concept of my attitude and the need for prayer (which I think comes down to being an attitude as well), are being presented to me.

If there are lessons I am being taught - it is the two of these, which seem to be intertwined.

To be honest, I don't always do well with either.

These lessons are difficult ones.

I have seen so much need for prayer for those around me lately.  I'm getting what i call "God nudges" to stop and pray when someone comes to mind.  Yet, it can be so easy to brush those nudges away - or think that I'll pray later, at my regular prayer time.

Then there is my attitude.  (See how it fits with my prayer life in the above?) I struggle with seeing things positively.  I know life works better for me when I do.  It seems so challenging to have an attitude of abundance when we suffer so much loss in our lives though illness.

Such a paradox.  Abundance - and loss.  

I'm not sure I have any answers for you today, dear readers, as today I struggle with the lessons I am being shown.  But, they are popping up over and over, in various places, so I know God means for me to be paying attention.

I was listening to a podcast this morning, where the speaker was talking about our attitudes - and how we cultivate either an attitude of abundance - or of scarcity.  I'm afraid I fit more in the scarcity category.

I see loss ahead of me.  I'm uncertain of how things will end.  I get envious when I see the thriving lives of others, those living a life I only dreamed of.

I don't want those attributes any more.  I truly don't.

And I know it will take prayer to get me there.

I don't want to focus on the losses.

I don't want to focus on my perception of how things will end.

I want to rejoice in the ability of others to create beauty - either with words or t through artwork.  I want to celebrate their lives and their creations.

I sometimes feel small and petty.

I know that is not what God wants for me.

Again, I must cultivate that attitude of prayer - that closeness with God - so I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I am doing with my life what all He wants me too.

I know that is therein that I will find my joy.

So perhaps my post title for today is inaccurate.  Perhaps what my lesson is simply that attitude of prayer - and from that - everything else will flow forth.

I might suggest, if you are feeling that attitude of scarcity today, you might read John 17 - where Christ prayed for us.  Yes, He prayed for those who would come after - for those who would believe on the words they were told.  That's us.

You.

and me.

Father God - Help us to understand the magnitude of prayer.  Help us to cultivate an attitude of bringing everything before You.  Of listening to those God nudges and praying throughout our day.  And God, thank you that over 2,000 years ago, we were brought before Your throne in prayer by our Lord and Savior.  Amen and amen.

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