1. I wrote on prayer this week, too! I think praying and reading the Word distractedly or rotely is one of our most common problems. As you said, we all fall into this at some point–at many points. I love that prayer doesn’t have to be either liturgical OR off-the-cuff, but can be both if prayed with intention. I also love the idea of taking a moment before prayer and reminding ourselves just Who we’re talking to. God is our Abba Father, but also our king and the Lord of the universe. Thank you, Diane–so many good thoughts here.

    1. Thank you so much Barbara!! That’s so true! I am looking forward to reading your post!!

  2. Thank you for this. I’m often guilty of praying just to get it off my list. I vow to be more intentional with my prayer. Thank you, again!

    1. I think we are all sometimes guilty of that but that is what grace is for! Thank you!

  3. I must say that your post is so very interesting and meaningful to me this morning. I love learning new words, but the depth of meaning is what draws me in. You have done a beautiful job of clarifying each point and all meanings. I love this. Thank you.

    1. Thank you so much Linda!! I am so blessed by your comments and I am so glad you enjoyed the post!

  4. Diane, I like how you pointed out that praying the same prayers can be like reading the same Scripture. We know that can be fresh when we take it in. I enjoyed your thoughts on this.

  5. Thank you for teaching me about the word “kavanah”. I sometimes feel like a lot of my prayer is an ongoing conversation with God throughout the day. I think, like you, that I need to set some intentional, meaningful time aside each day when I am not thinking about a hundred other things to commune with the Lord. Waiting until you got your chored done worked for you. I think bedtime might work for me. Thank you for the nudge.

    1. Yes! Prayer should always be that ongoing conversation. I love the line from the song Let Us Pray by Steven Curtis Chapman: “Just because we say Amen doesn’t mean this conversation needs to end”…I think that is so perfect!

  6. I have taken to praying a lot of scripture. I find it keeps my prayers from being just a list I go through. And if I’m praying God’s word, I’m praying in His will!

    1. Yes it really is a great way to pray (and was modeled for us as well!)…thank you Lauren!

  7. I enjoyed reading your thoughts on prayer. I think you’re the first person who ever suggested getting your chores done first before seeking the Lord. You have given me lots to think about!

    1. As a person whose mind tends to go off in a million directions, sometimes we need to do that. God cares more about us being present! Thank you so much!!

  8. Thank you so much for sharing this. I haven’t heard of kavanah, and I definitely resonate with wanting to keep that intention and mindfulness in my prayers. Sometimes I will pray and recognize I’m not being as mindful as I want to, so I’ll pray again. Also, I have found that praying out loud when I can helps keep me focused and intentional. I’m visiting from the instaencouragements linkup today. Have a great week Diane!

    1. I am so glad you enjoyed it Marielle! Yes praying out loud works well for me too. It engages an additional sense (speech) so I find it helps me focus. Thank you so much for visiting!!

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