It’s easy to forget to stop and pray. As I was looking over all the quotes and things that I learned about prayer the past few months, one thing kept staring me in the face.
When you’re feeling overwhelmed: stop and pray.
When you’re not sure where to start: stop and pray.
When you’re excited about something new in your life: stop and pray.
When you’re about to do something big and new: stop and pray.
Before your day starts: stop and pray.
Before you go to sleep: stop and pray.
Lately in our house, a lot of things that are out of our control have been happening. And Eric and I have felt the stress and overwhelming feeling of not being able to handle the things that have been placed before us.
The one thing that has forced us to do is to stop and pray. And pray more earnestly about specific things more than we have in a while.
We’ve forgone any formula for praying. We’ve just spoken what was on our hearts and what we felt we needed most in the moment. Rather than giving in to the emotion and the fear and uncertainty and frustration, we stopped and prayed. We stopped those emotions from taking over our lives.
While the situations haven’t ended the way that we hoped, we were able to maintain a little more peace in our house because we stopped and prayed. We stopped the emotions from running away from us and becoming too strong. For me, while the emotions didn’t evaporate instantly, they didn’t linger. I was able to laugh about situations faster rather than feeling overwhelmed and angry.
Prayer itself didn’t fix the problem.
We had to act and believe that God would allow the actions we were taking to help answer our prayers. But prayer did refocus our minds, our hearts and our thoughts so that we weren’t solely focused on how the situations affected us, but instead we were able to refocus our minds on God.
After all, prayer is about Him and not us.
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