Elliot and I talked about the challenges of prayer. The more years spent walking with God, the more prayers you have answered and unanswered. Experience can affect your faith or intensity of prayer. You give your life to following God and believe that He wants to guide you, but sometimes the next steps to take are not clear. You hear news of a situation and are not able to pray intently at that moment, but are surprised to discover God answered the prayer almost immediately. You are convinced God heals today and that it is His will to heal a child’s illness, but they are not healed.
Prayer can be peculiar.
Prayer impacts Elliot’s life, especially in the area of knowing God’s vision for him. He took a break from college to manage a restaurant for a year to see if that is what God was opening the doors for him to do as a career. Elliot discovered that he was good at managing, but will return to college this summer because he really wants to be a teacher. His prayer life has affirmed the year of managing and the return to college.
Prayer must be purposeful.
One of the areas that Elliot has intentionally done in his prayer life is make prayer a priority. He prays a minimum of 30-60 minutes each day. He does not have a stopwatch or timer going. Elliot knows that a focused, unrushed prayer time for him cannot be accomplished in less time.
What have you discovered about prayer that has deepened you relationship with God?