(originally posted on Meditations of His Love Daily)
Lately, I’ve been challenged in my prayer life. If I remember in the morning I’ll pray, but most often my daily prayer time is in the evening just before bed. During the day I’ll sometimes pray, but most of the time that’s when I feel like I need to have special blessing for something I’m doing or I feel down about something. Sometimes I’ll just say, “Thanks, Lord!”, but usually nothing more than that.
I know apostle Paul says, “Pray always.” (Ephesians 6:18). I guess I always took it as a “pray always, whenever you think about it.” The problem is, I rarely think about it! (Which probably should be a warning sign right there.) Well, I’ve been reading this book by dc Talk titled Live Like a Jesus Freak (you might know them by another one of their books, Jesus Freaks). It’s a great book and although I’m only half-way through it I’m really appreciating it.
One thing they mentioned was a quote from Francois Fenelon, from his book Talking with God.
“Talk with God with the thoughts of which your heart is full. If you enjoy the presence of God, if you feel drawn to love him, tell him so.
“But what, you ask, are you to do to in times of dryness, inner resistance, and coldness? Do just the same thing. Say equally what is in your heart. Tell God that you no longer feel any love for him, that all is a terrible blank to you, that he wearies you, that his presence does not even move you, that you long to leave him for the most trifling occupation, and that you will not feel happy till you have left him and can turn to thinking about yourself. Tell him all the evil you know about yourself.