I recently read a quote that challenged me greatly. It's from a book by Paul Miller called "A Praying Life."
"What do I lose when I have a praying life? Control. Independence. What do I gain? Friendship with God. A quiet heart. The living work of God in the hearts of those I love. The ability to roll back the tide of evil. Essentially, I lose my kingdom and get his. I move from being an independent player to a dependent lover. I move from being an orphan to a child of God."
Makes me want to pray more. What strength and hope when I pray. What lost opportunities when I do not. I want to be a woman of prayer. What stands in my way? Only me. I am my greatest hindrance to prayer -- me -- with my hurriedness, my forgetfulness, my distraction, my selfishness . . .
Lord, teach me once again to pray!