Prayer Code Red

I don’t know about you, but lately I feel like my internal disaster system is on code-red. Everywhere I look there is something wrong—from large-scale terrorist attacks to smaller, closer to home issues with health, work and family. I feel as if my insides are filled with a sort of frenetic energy—and that includes my prayer life.

My prayers to God, when I do bother to pray, are quick and said as an afterthought. Oh, yeah, God, I’m having this problem with my health, can you see to it that it all works out okay. Oh, hey, God, I’m having a problem with motivation this week, can you help me out with that? Hey, God, my friend needs prayers, can you help him?

They’re rushed, not well thought out, and pretty disrespectful to God. Can you imagine if someone picked up the phone and said something super fast like that and then hung up, without waiting for a response? Such a one-sided friendship wouldn’t last very long, I don’t think. Thankfully, God has more patience than most people.

But how can I fix my problem? How can I go from a code-red situation down a few notches so I can relax and pray, and live, the right way? For me, I think the answer is in communication and relationships.

Having trouble with your spouse—tell them; too much going on at work—talk to your boss; having problems with your family—lay it out for them. The same is true for God. We can’t do it on our own—I think calling out to others, especially Jesus, calms the frenzy.

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