Prayer Turns Worry Into Watching And Waiting

“Instead of hunting for the perfect spiritual state to lift you above the chaos, pray in the chaos.  As your heart or your circumstances generate problems, keep generating prayer…

When you pray continuously, moments when you are prone to anxiety can become invitations to drift into prayer.  A traffic jam, a slight from a friend, or a pressured deadline can serve as a door to God.  You’ll find yourself turning off the car radio to be with your Father.  You’ll wake up at night and discover yourself praying.  It will be like breathing.

When you stop trying to control your life and instead allow your anxieties and problems to bring you to God in prayer, you shift from worry to watching.  You watch God weave his patterns in the story of your life.

Instead of trying to be out front, designing your life, you realize you are inside God’s drama.  As you wait, you begin to see him work, and your life begins to sparkle with wonder.  You are learning to trust again.”

~ Paul Miller, A Praying Life, pp. 72-73 (bold emphases mine)

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