Sunday, March 20, 2011
Praying through Lent
My prayer discipline has been challenging this week. I have struggled with finding time, and I had a great deal of difficulty "connecting" with the prayer prompts I'm using. All was not lost however. I did find myself praying more often, throughout the day, rather than a longer period of intentional contemplation. I also did something I don't usually do. I prayed for a specific-to-me physical problem to be resolved, and it was. Several years ago I had a very painful (though minor) health issue that took several doctor's visits, and several extremely painful treatments to cure. Monday morning it appeared that the problem was recurring. I started praying hard. I asked God to take the problem away. Wednesday afternoon, the problem resolved itself. My prayer was answered. The immense sense of gratitude is hard to express! I find it much easier to pray for others than to pray for myself. I do pray for myself for the "big stuff" -- clarity, wisdom, guidance, patience, etc. but why is it so hard to ask for the "little things" - relief from a headache, a good conversation with a difficult student, a solution to a scheduling problem, etc???