I’ve oft heard of ordinary prayer. How Brother Lawrence would speak of experiencing the presence of God while doing the dishes as strongly as when he sought God in the sanctuary.
I struggled with this area. Finding a natural rhythm in spoken prayer over ordinary things. I’m one who does best with single focus.
Then I read of attending to God, and something clicked.
When I look upon the meaning of words, it helps me walk into the teaching, the lesson for me.
To attend: 1. To pay attention 2. To be present with
When I touch the earth in my garden, I think of the richness of God. I take deep breaths walking to the mailbox and think of His goodness to give me life.
It becomes a practice of Phillipians 4:8, as I give my mind’s attention to what is lovely and true about God.
God is always present with us. To be present with Him is to recognize Him as there.
3. To go with as a companion
We see Him walking beside us doing laundry or running errands. This allows us to talk to Him about everything, as we would with a friend or neighbor.
4. To be ready for service (as a servant attends to the needs of a King) – intransitive verb
This is the attendance to listening.
In our acknowledgement of His presence, our offerings of thanks, and our requests made known- we are listening for Him. Giving Him time to tell us what He feels and desires.
This is where we are expectant. We believe prayer is a conversation between two or more.
Are we? Letting Him sing over us. Listening for His direction. A name He will bring to mind- a soul who needs our prayer or a card or some food.
In this attending I found more joy than heavy lifting. Because I focus my thoughts on Him, his beauty and presence, I less often get lost in my inability to say some powerful prayer.
I look upon Him with my heart and just love Him with my words, whispers, and smile. He knows. He hears.
He is always attending to us.
This is part of series on prayer. Blessings today!