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Sunday, July 26, 2015

The 5 Minute Prayer

I have seriously been the worst at blogging lately. I can't tell you the number of Sundays I've been planning to post this. Probably as many as the number of Sundays that I haven't posted.

Anyway, I wanted to post about this. 
This year I made a goal to pray every morning and every night. I haven't been perfect at it, but one of the reasons that I made the goal was because I have always felt like I was a bad Pray-er. Ha ha, I don't even know if that's a word.
I always felt like I could have a better relationship with God if I was better at praying, but I wasn't sure how to do that. And it's so easy for me to just say the same old things. 
So as I was trying to think of ways to fix this I thought about how in college I would say my prayers at night and my roommate was always praying so much longer than me, and I couldn't figure out how she could pray for so long.
So I wondered what would happen if I set a time. 
So I set a timer on my phone for 5 minutes and started praying. And for the first little bit of it, I said the same old things that I normally said, but after that the timer still hadn't gone off. And I was forced to really talk to God, tell Him about what I was thinking and feeling. It forced me to get past the surface level things and really think about what I was saying. 
I don't set a timer every time or anything now, but any time I feel like I'm not really connecting with God, or when I feel like I'm just becoming repetitious, I set a timer for 5 minutes and pray. And so far it has been a real blessing for me. 

How do you make sure that you connect? What have you found that works for you?
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