Two short quotes and a longer thought from Paul Miller, author of The Praying Life:
“Learned desperation is at the heart of a praying life.”
“You cry out to God so long and so often that a channel begins to open up between you and God.”
“I continue to be strongly impressed that asking is very hard for us to do. Cynicism. Adultism. Independence. Don’t be selfish. Too good to be true. and etc. I started realizing at about seminar #30 that asking is by far the hardest part of praying. And yet it is so simple…or seemingly so, but it awakens a host of desires and dreaming that are unsettling yet you feel drawn by it. Last November I was doing a seminar, describing how I prayed for my son and a guy challenged me, “Why don’t you just ask that your son would win the lottery?” I.E. “how trite and simplistic…like magic”.
I was genuinely shocked at his question. I said to him somewhat incredulously, “Why would I ever want that to happen to my son? It would destroy everything I’ve taught him about how life works. It would totally distort his view of what is important in life. What an awful prayer request.” He hadn’t drilled down into what asking does to your heart. It goes right to the will.”
[for more on The Praying Life see http://seejesus.net/studies/pl/welcome.php
Give ear to my words, O LORD,
consider my sighing.
Listen to my cry for help,
my King and my God,
for to you I pray.
In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my requests before you
and wait in expectation.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.