Daily reading: 23 September
A different way to approach prayer.
About noon the next day, as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. He became hungry and wanted something to eat; and while it was being prepared, he fell into a trance.
- Acts 10, 9-10 New Revised Standard Version . Click here to read the King James Version
I can find endless things that I think I need to do before praying.
I imagine that if only I get my to-do list ticked off, then my mind will be at peace to spend time in prayer.
Since fainting in church as a child when I had not had breakfast first, I have always felt it important that I should not be distracted by hunger so should eat before praying. So Peter’s actions are a challenge to me. Instead of getting his bags unpacked, he goes straight up on the roof to pray.
And God makes use of his physical condition to speak to him in a new way.
Try approaching prayer in a new way today – at a different time or place.
If you keep an action list, put prayer on it at the top, or put it in your diary in the same way that you diarise a meeting.
And don’t try to fight the distractions you face when trying to pray – offer them back to God and ask him to carry the burden of them. Who knows if what seems a distraction may actually be God trying to get your attention?
Father, we pray for all who face hunger this day and do not have the luxury of eating before praying. We pray for all who work this day to make the world a bit less unequal and to enable those who hunger to escape from the injustice they face.
Today's contributor is the Rev James Hutchings, former Mission Resources Adviser for the Anglican Diocese of Exeter, now Team Rector at Littleham-cum-Exmouth.
Published on 23 September 2017