Thinking. Praying.

“Prayer is not conquering God’s reluctance, but taking hold of God’s willingness.” —Phillips Brooks


Sometimes we approach prayer as if we were trying to wrestle a reluctant God to our way of thinking. Prayer, though, involves much more the process of wrestling with our own reluctance over God’s will and willingness. God has a plan and a will for his Kingdom to come on Earth as it is in Heaven, and prayer is the means of aligning our will to His.

What is God willing to do in and through your life that you have been reluctant toward?

How can you align your will with God’s willingness today?


“God can pick sense out of a confused prayer.” ~Richard Sibbes

Struggling in my confused state of mind to find the words to lift up in prayer. Hear my heart – guide my words Holy Spirit!

“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes* with sighs too deep for words. And God,* who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit* intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” ~ Romans 8:26-27


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