So I’ve been a little resistant to this prayer thing. I mean, I’ve made some efforts toward the planning side of it. I do that a lot. I make lots of plans and preparations on things I’m going to do but I never get around to actually doing it. It’s like…I buy the new swimsuit, the googles, the swim cap. I look into the best swim classes around town. I put together a calendar of what days of the week I will take classes and then the days I will practice on my own but I never actually get around to jumping in the water. So that’s how this prayer thing has been so far.
On Sunday after church, I went down to the prayer room and asked someone if they would pray with me. I told them my plan, that this year I was going to learn how to pray for things for myself, that I have struggled with doing this for so long. We talked about it for a while and then he prayed for me.
I downloaded a prayer app. It has 4 daily guided prayers: Morning, Midday, Evening, and Late Evening. I’ve done the Morning and Midday prayers for the past 2 days but haven’t gotten to the Evening ones yet.
I’ve looked into books on prayer. I found 2 that I want to order: A Praying Life by Paul E. Miller and Prayer by Timothy Keller. (I love Timothy Keller!)
I’ve written headings in my planner for each day of the week. On Mondays, I’ll prayer for a mate/relationship. On Tuesdays, I will pray for my career change. On Wednesdays, my Son, Sam. On Thursdays, My home. Fridays, my daughter, Sadie. Saturdays, financial issues. Sundays, family and friends.
I’ve prayed once. I mean, I’ve prayed, but only once have I prayed specifically for one of these things – something that I want for myself which is what this whole experiment is about, right? I wrote it down in another prayer journal app that I downloaded. Here is what I wrote
“I pray for a companion. Someone who will care about me, share interests, and that I can have fun with.
Musician, Christian, financially secure, single dad, similar interests, outdoorsy, athletic, wants to travel/adventure.”
Simple. Just putting it out there. Not sure where I would even start to find that but I’m at the starting point, right? It’s January 2nd. Today, I opened Facebook. I rarely look at Facebook anymore. And what was the first post I saw? A posting by a Christian singles group about a hike on Saturday with lunch to follow. Now what is so crazy about this is that I don’t remember ever joining this group. I’ve never seen a post by them before and it is a group you have to join to see their posts. It’s a church I am familiar with but not the church that I go to.
So I’m going to go on the hike on Saturday. Let’s see what happens.
I guess it’s time to jump in the water.