Speak, God, for Your Servant Is Listening

Some days, I hurry through my morning prayers.

There. I’ve said it: I’m a pastor who sometimes skimps on prayer.

Why do I do this? I tell myself that I’m too busy. I have to get on to the next good thing I’m doing. And I rush through prayer. Or I skip prayer altogether later in the day.

I think it was Luther who said to pray an hour each day, and if you are especially busy, pray two hours. Yesterday, a friend said, “I can’t live a life of integrity without prayer.”

prayerful handsGod, help me today to slow down to be in conversation with you — speaking, yes, and also listening as you speak to me.