Remember who you are and Whose you are.


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SFMC Tree of SPIRITUAL practices


A TERRIBLE PRAYER



I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN TERRIBLE AT PRAYING.

I FORGET.

MY MIND WANDERS.

I FALL ASLEEP.

I DON'T PRAY ENOUGH.

I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT PRAYER IS

OR WHAT PRAYER DOES.


IF PRAYER WERE SCHOOL...

I WOULD FLUNK PRAYING.


BUT PRAYER ISN'T SCHOOL.

IT IS MYSTERY.


MAYBE THE MYSTERY IS...

JESUS LOVES TERRIBLE PRAYERS.

MAYBE...

WHEN I CAN'T THINK OF ANYTHING TO SAY, HE SAYS WHAT I CAN'T SAY.

WHEN I TALK TOO MUCH, HE CHERISHES MY TOO-MANY WORDS.

WHEN I FALL ASLEEP, HE HOLDS ME IN HIS LAP AND CARESSES MY WEARY SOUL.

WHEN I AM OVERWHELMED WITH GUILT AT MY INCONSISTENT, INADEQUATE PRAYING

HE WHISPERS, "YOUR NAME IS ALWAYS ON MY LIPS."


I AM FILLED WITH GRATITUDE, AND MY SOUL OVERFLOWS WITH THANKFULNESS AND I...

I...FIND MYSELF SAYING OVER AND OVER AGAIN, "THANK YOU."

PRAYING THE MYSTERY.



- MIKE YACONELLI