Love adds the peanut butter to the jelly of prayer (part 3)

by Craig on March 18, 2011

Just a little more about God tweeting first…

Oh, by the way, part one is here and two is here.

I’ve asked myself. When does God want this tweeting to happen?

I think it’s easier to list the times that he doesn’t.

The thing about “God” tweeting is that it’s informal. There are no iron clad goals, or special locations, or specific formulas. It’s just what it is. It’s an ongoing, anytime, anywhere chat with the Almighty.

And the more I do it the closer I get to him.

I think the big thing is that He lets in the throne room, so why shouldn’t we let him into our ongoing thoughts. And so there’s my schpeal on God tweeting – and I’m stickin’ to it.

That’s the jelly part of the PBJ of prayer.

Now for the peanut butter…

the pattern of prayer God left us.

If I’m doing this right, then the very first time of the day that I talk with God, I need to get some specific talking out of the way. I want to cover the bases, do my “official” prayer before any tweeting.

As a general rule I have learned to pray about God first, others second, me last. The funny thing is when I follow this plan, I rarely end up praying about me. Which is good, because I’m secretly an attention hound.

This is where I follow the pattern of the Lord’s prayer.

Not all of it,

and not for gobs of time,

but I go to a part of it,

and don’t just say the words.

After all, if I’m in a I hurry I can say the whole thing in about 10 seconds. Somehow I don’t think God would be big on that. So what I do, is just talk to him about what the words of a particular part of the Prayer mean to me.

And perfect theology isn’t the thing,

it’s just discussing – and in a neat side benefit is that sometimes God give insights during the discussion.

And you’d think you’d run out of ways to dwell on just a snippet of the Lord’s Prayer. But every day’s circumstances are different, so that means the perspective is different, and that different perspective colors the discussion.

The reason I do just a part of the Lord’s Prayer at a time, is that at  first I tried meditating on the whole prayer all at once. But that led to long prayers, which paved the way to fewer prayers which ended up in no prayers.

God bless everyone who’s a good enough prayer to handle long and regular prayer sessions. We need more people like you. But I’m not like that, so I switched to the “one part of the Lord’s Prayer each day” method.

If yesterday was “hallowed be thy name” then today is “thy kingdom come.”

And voila,

we have the continual cycle of praying,

and meditating,

on the perfect prayer.

In addition to normal, everyday tweeting with God.

Most often, by the time I get the “God” part of the praying out of the way. I forget the “me” part that I was thinking about. Which means it ends up being just a little praise type prayer all on it’s own.

That, I think God is big on.

How do I remember where I left off from day to day?

Sometimes I do but more often I have to run through the Lord’s Prayer really quick to find the spot. You know – that 10 second version. It usually works, and when it doesn’t I just go to the “forgive my sins” part. I figure you can never go wrong with that.

So there you have it – that’s the method.

But my mind always needs examples.

So examples are on the plate next post.

That should take two – maybe three posts.

In God’s love.

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A. March 18, 2011 at 7:38 am

Craig, I really like this plan! Your ‘whole prayer…long prayer…fewer prayers…No prayer ” made me chuckle because it is SO TRUE!!! Love your honesty. Also love your realistic approach to the perfect prayer: bite-sized pieces so we don’t fall asleep on Jesus or give up. Keeps it so real and honest and manageable. Seems like God would heart that. No pretense, no falling asleep, no quitting that way. Can’t wait to try it…now! (and talking about the parts of the perfect prayer rather than just mindlessly repeating them…Yay!) This PBJ packs a lot of nutrients.

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Craig March 18, 2011 at 10:17 am

First – thank you for the prayer about sleep – but it is what it is – I suspect at this point it’s just a thorn – it actually does make me a better person, keeps me humble, just like Paul’s.

I blame our short attention spans on Sesame Street – it’s only gotten worse with the internet – who knows – someone might start up a new twitter – with 70 characters or less soon.

And it really has worked for me A. I talk with God all the time – everywhere – people often think I’m talking to myself in public – I just tell them I’m praying – that gets either an AMEN from believers – or a polite walk away from people who don’t believe :)

Thank you A. God Bless.

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Cora March 18, 2011 at 10:42 am

First off, let me tell you how much I appreciate your STYLE of writing! Maybe in my old age I’ve become a little ADD, I don’t know. But nice, short, to-the-point sentences that say something —- here it is, take it or leave it —- I love it! And it sticks like PBJ. And I don’t forget it. In my younger years, I did medical transcription where a sentence could go on for pages — full of semicolons, comas, etc. Lots of blah blah blah!!! As I read your post today, I felt that the Lord has given you a great gift for taking the the deepest depths of things and being able to make it picture-book simple for people like me who need more pictures and less words!!!

And I’ve been tweeting! I love it!
And I haven’t gotten past “Our Father” — I love that, too!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

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Craig March 18, 2011 at 11:39 am

Cora – thank you. If God has given me the gift of taking the really deep and making it picture book simple – IT’S BECAUSE I NEED THINGS PICTURE BOOK SIMPLE :)

I used to write in “blah blah” myself – I thank Ann Voskamp for being one of the people who radically changed the way I write. Thank you very much Cora.

Oh and actually when I forget which part I’m on I go to two parts – the “forgive me part” or the “Father” part ::)

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Michelle March 19, 2011 at 1:35 am

I’ve not thought about using the Lord’s prayer that way. I tend to follow the prayers of the OT and Acts – Who God is, what He has done, (which can take up a lot of the time), what the problem is, giving it to God to answer in His way (not always easy). Or the first two steps, and asking Him that I see the opportunities He sends my way.

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Craig March 19, 2011 at 7:51 am

Who is God – What has he done – that simplifies my plan. The reason I use The Lords prayer is that he just flat out said “When you pray” It’s my guarantee that I’m doing it the right way. I like guarantees. There are so few in life. No? The big thing is communication wit the one we say we want a relationship with – that I have not one doubt that you do :) God Bless – and thank you – I’m gonna think about the “Who is God – What has he done” thing a little.

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Debra March 20, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Craig, the more I tweet the closer I get to God, too, and I’m sticking with it as well. I tweet-prayed two hours straight today when the Duke game was on TV. “God, give “em a 10:0 run…. Yes! Thank you Lord!” Then, “Oh no, give ‘em grace on this possession… don’t let me lose my faith that you are hearing my many tweets…” End of story: Duke won. And I cried tears of joy.
Now for my “official” prayers, which come first in my day. These are more meditative, as yours in The Lord’s Prayer. This is the time when I just sit at His feet and tune in to hear His voice. Somewhat like reading His most recent Divine post… after which come the comments.
Thank you for these inspiring and tweet-worthy words. You are “onto” something here, as you encourage us to pray always, with all kinds of prayer.

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Craig March 20, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Somehow I didn’t suspect you had the same kind of prayer ADD I have. :)

I love this – “like reading His most recent Divine post… after which come the comments.”

And who’d have thunk God is a Duke fan – that explains a lot. God bless you Debra.

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lifelivedfully March 20, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Craig,
I love your style. your honesty. your simplicity. Oh, and that not-so-easy-to come by genuine heart…
This is such a refreshing approach to prayer as we humans can make something so beautiful and emotionally raw, so formulaic. LOVE praying for others first…that has truly revolutionized my prayer life as the more you focus on others somehow your own problems diminish with each utterance…
great post and i don’t even like PB &J..except for yours:)
lindsay

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