Day 18: How to Begin to Pray

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I’ve mentioned here before that I am a rookie runner. About 18 months ago I decided to try Couch to 5K. I still am not quite sure why because before that I despised running. Seriously. Make me run the mile in elementary school? T-O-R-T-U-R-E. Hated every single step.

Fast-forward twenty something years, and I decided to change my tune. (Chalk it up to a turning-30-almost-mid-life-crisis?) I had to start off slow. The first run with C25K is a cycle of running for 60 seconds and walking for 90 seconds. The first few running minutes? So. Hard.

Like couldn’t catch my breath and thought I might keel over dead. Dead. Dead dead.

But you know what? I had to start somewhere.

Nowadays I can run for over 30 minutes without walking! I have slowly built up over time.

As I was running the other day, I thought about how prayer is similar to running. Most of us would claim that our prayer lives aren’t what we hope they would be. We would like to spend 30 minutes (or more!) each day in concentrated prayer. I don’t know if we’re waiting for a magic prayer fairy to wave her wand over us while we’re peacefully slumbering, but you can’t just sit down one day and expect 30 minutes of uninterrupted prayer to flow easily.

You have to start somewhere. You have to do it even when it’s hard, even when you’re tired, even when you don’t feel like it. If you start today by setting aside a few minutes and make that a habit, it will come easier and easier to spend that time with your Heavenly Father each day.

How is your personal prayer life? How would you like it to be? What can you do today to get a little closer to your ideal?

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