When Do You Pray?
Both the prayer of crisis and (the prayer) of formality prostitutes the art of prayer. For prayer is to be the continuing impulse toward light, hope, inspiration, spiritual intimacy, and renewal.
Dare to Journey: with Henry Nouwen
Did you catch that?
My prayers of crisis and formality p r o s t i t u t e the beauty and power of prayer.
I’m trying to let that sink in.
I pray most when I’m freaking out about someone, something or some decision.
I pray consistently when I’m supposed to: for church meetings, at small group, before I eat, etc.
The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. James 5:16
Pray continually. I Thessalonians 5:17
I don’t think the author is suggesting that we shouldn’t pray in crisis or in some formalities, but if that’s the only time we pray we miss the intimacy and relationship that comes with constant contact with our Creator.
How do you make prayer a continual part of your life?