Wednesday, 28 December 2016

10 Minute Daily Retreat

No. 227
Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.
By Susanne Timpani
He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.”Luke 11:1
Orchid Praying Mantus

I listened to a speaker recently who claimed that a survey in the USA concluded that most people prayed. Whether they prayed to win the lottery, pass an exam or be healed of an illness, they said that they prayed.

Some knew the name of the person, or 'being' that they prayed to, some made up their own name, and some hadn't really thought about it.

My conclusion to this survey is that we are all born with an innate desire to pray.

If we turn up for prayer we can be guaranteed that our Father is there waiting for us. But that's the hard bit. Turning up; day after day, year after year.

In 1993 Ericsson, a psychologist and researcher, said that 'it takes 10,000 hours (20 hours for 50 weeks of year for ten years = 10, 000) of deliberate practice to become an expert in almost anything.' 

For writers to excel they must write, for athletes to win they must train and for musicians to perform well they must practice.

It's no different with prayer. The 10 Minute Daily Retreat provides us with the opportunity to deepen our prayer life, and grow in intimacy with Jesus.

There will be a brief break in publishing these posts until late January, 2017. I hope you will continue to share this spiritual journey at that time.