Prayer Guide:  May 2018

Isaiah 40:30-31:  Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. 

At the end of a very busy day, a mother learned a valuable lesson about the priority that prayer, and God, should have in our lives.   As her young daughter wearily climbed into bed, her mother asked her, “Do you want to skip your prayers tonight?” Her daughter replied in a puzzled voice, “No, I’m never too tired for God.” and promptly began her conversation with Him.    The mother was deeply chagrined by her daughter’s words.  How many times had she been too tired to read her Bible at night, say a prayer, or skipped a church activity for the same reason? 

We live at warp speed sometimes and lose sight of what’s critical to our wellbeing.  Our relationship with God is at the top of the list, and daily time in His presence is essential to our spiritual growth as well as our mental and physical health.    When we find ourselves thinking “I’m too tired,” we should remember that connecting with God, particularly through prayer, sustains and empowers us. Prayer provides strength for our weariness and light on the path of our busy lives.  

Heavenly Father, help me to remember that no matter how busy I am with life and family, it’s critically important to stay connected with you by prayer and also through other spiritual activities.  

(Thank you Lois Powers for your writing and prayer leadership!)