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A long time

It has been a long time since I have written something. It seems every May, when the heat of summer is at its most, my writing seems to slow down. Is there a pattern here ?

Teaching and spending time with my soon to be 19 year old daughter has made me appreciate patterns so much. A mathematical problem gets us thinking along a pattern- can I apply this formula to solve to problem, or should I use another one ?

What is the best strategy to ace the exam ? A three hour exam and about 200 questions to finish in that short time. What is the best pattern to follow ? Youtube came to the rescue when I wanted answers about any patterns. They had techniques followed by people who had written exams before us and knew which order the subjects had to be answered for the most efficient use of time.

When I pray, I seem to look for patterns too. The last time, I had  a problem, I prayed this way and I got an answer. Another time, I got a couple of friends to pray with me and that helped. I am wondering if there is set way in which a person can pray. Is prayer always about getting an answer ? Sometimes prayers can be about thanks too. No demands, just thanks. The long hours I had to myself have gotten me thinking about my prayer life. Is it selfish to only think of asking and demanding and demanding answers from God ? Can’t I just talk to Him ? Should there be a pattern to praying ?

17 thoughts on “A long time

  1. I know when we were kids the teachers at school always told us to use the Lord’s prayer as a model as to how we should pray. They taught us ACTS (Adoration for our Lord first, Confession of our sins next, then Thanksgiving for what we have received and finish with Supplication-requests.) It does make sense because it turns prayer into an amazing act of worship as well as a conversation with God.
    So glad you are back again Susie! I also seem to be having a tough time keeping up with blogs this time of year. Just lots going on in life for everyone I think!

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  2. I love what the chicken grandma wrote in her comment above. I think that is a great pattern for prayer, but find I need to change things up at times so I don’t get too ritualistic. I like to have ‘talks’ with God, and I always need to improve on my listening and awareness of God’s answers/presence. Reading the Bible helps me as that is God’s word and message to me.

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    1. Great pointers here. Thank you for sharing your practice. I find I do demand a lot from the Lord but give very little in return. I am trying to take a step back and listen, rather than ask these days.

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    2. I do the same thing! I have so many “chats” with God as I am driving to different places. I often wonder what people are thinking when they see this Grandma driving around and it looks like she is talking to herself LOL.

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  3. Hi Susie, I have quiet time every day, but find that it is best for studying and devotions. For prayer I seem to enjoy writing out a short prayer every day, and I also pray throughout each day in many ways…sometimes out loud, sometimes through my heart’s voice. God is so good and I feel His presence round about me every day. Isn’t He wonderful?

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    1. Dear Kathy,
      Hallelujah ! We can talk to our God as if he were next to us ,all the time and he doesn’t tell us ” Keep quiet”. I am not sure if he is a God of patterns or no patterns. How like a human to fit God into a box and try to make Him behave as we expect other humans to behave- reward good behavior, punish bad behavior. I think you nailed it on the head- we need to converse with God- each conversation is a prayer- these sort of talks will build intimacy.
      Thanks for making sense of my rambling post.
      Susie

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  4. Hello Susie. 🙂 GREAT post. But then … I like your blog posts for they are chatty, and I feel like I’m sat at your kitchen table with you, having a coffee and putting the world to rights.

    Praying …. I adore Chicken Grandma’s reply – she’s a wise gal and knows stuff.
    For me … I pray to say thank you… I pray when asking for help, either for myself or for others. And I pray just whenever I feel like it. Aw … to tell the truth, I think I have a pretty much ‘all the time conversation’ going with God, and surprisingly, he never seems to get bored with me rattling on about things. Great feeling though. 🙂

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    1. Dear Cobs
      What a lovely reply to my post. I am touched. I was just rambling. I have been out for about 2 weeks and before that very busy with daughter’s exams. It was difficult to do any writing during that time. Today I thought I should write something and I just let the keyboard do some typing as though fairies were at work. The result- this post.
      Susie

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  5. Hi Susie, I like to pray the Word of God back to the Lord. Also, I sing praises thru out the day to Him. When I go to sleep, I find myself quoting Scripture, a lot. “Thou o Lord are a shield to me, the glory and the lifter of my head.” is a favorite. Psalm 3:3
    Love, Lucy

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    1. Bless you, Lucy. This post and the messages from it seem to have brought a lot of my old friends together with all their prayer practices and patterns. It is teaching me a lot and how much my friends care about me.
      God bless !
      Susie

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  6. The more I pray, the less I need to say, it seems. Thank you and help me-show me seems adequate but I am constantly talking to God. I have thought a lot about prayer too. I read the Lord’s prayer, a we were being taught how to pray. I think God is glad to hear from us, on any terms. Good to see your post! love Michele

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