Love prayerfully prepares for battle

by Craig on June 6, 2011

Last week I declared a “Love War” on the negative voices we hear.

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But it’s really more than just the negative voices.
Attacks on emotions don’t always come with catch phrases like,
“you’re not good enough”.

Sometimes it’s just the “feeling” of down. No?

Love lifts up.
The opposite of love tears down.
We are in battle with the opposite of love.
The opposite of love is not the equal of love…

and so there lies our advantage.

If we are edified instead of torn down,
if we are to be able to listen to the nurturing positive voices within ourselves,
and if love is superior to and stronger than the opposite of love,
then we need to stay close to the source of love.

Doing love keeps us close,

prayer keeps us close.

Last Friday I finished my “Love Prays” series that started – believe it or not…

in,

ummm,

meh,

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Not that the series was that long – but my attention span is that short.

I have a focus problem it’s…

oooohhh shiny!!

See what I mean?

Anyway…

The series is important. Because if we are to battle the giants that are the negative voices inside, or the down-ness, or whatever other attacks the enemy of our Lord has planned for us, then prayer is an essential piece of weaponry for the fight.

And so, before I go any further in the fight I look back on my humble little system of prayer. I know everybody has their way that they pray to our God. My little “system” is just one – but I think God gave me a good one. So I review before moving forward.

The first thing is to keep in constant communication with our God.

I heart twitter and its ever flowing stream of little bitty short communication.

So the first thing about I heart about prayer is the constant “God tweeting” that we get to take part in. (That’s here and here)

When I first developed the system I found myself pretty much saying , “Gimme, Gimme” to God all day. So I tweaked the plan – my plan needed…

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(this kartune brawt tu yu bi Laska th love kity)

That aside, the prayer priorities go…

God first,

others second,

me third.

From the moment I’m conscious, any conversation with Our Lord, is first to Him – about Him. Then I can pray some sort of intercession for someone else. Then, and only then, can I tweet him about me.

Seriously, I always want to pray about me first,
and that’s not Love.
Oh me of little faith.

This tweaking of the rules is a good check on that.

Then, the next thing, since we can’t pray perfectly – I find it very handy that Our Lord left us the perfect pattern to make sure our prayer is always complete.

The Lord’s prayer

And not just a repetition of what Our Lord said, but a conversation with him, a personal, comfortable, respectful, chat with him about each portion of the prayer.

So tomorrow I look back on each part – then Wednesday Love commences with the battle.

Don’t worry…

I haz a plan…

ooooh shiny!!!!

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Cindy Holman June 6, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Thanks Craig – and I LOVE the pick bulldozer! So cool – matches the pink sports car I had in my post last week :)

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Craig June 6, 2011 at 1:09 pm

it’s not a bulldozer, Cindy! It’s a tank! A big, manly, powerful, did I mention manly, tank! This is my blog where I get to use pink with impunity – as well as exclamation points!!!!!!! God bless you Cindy – and thank you, thank you.

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Cindy Holman June 7, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Sorry I called your very MANLY pink tank a bulldozer – I’m really not familiar with either :) I can see that it’s a tank now – and I will not soon make that mistake again :)

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A. June 6, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Craig, there is a lot under the tip of the iceberg today; suffice it to say that ‘ooooh SHINY’ made me laugh. Thank you for that. I needed it.

And thank you for the serious things, too, because they are very, very important. I am glad you are going to summarize all the parts of the prayer tomorrow-or look at each part. That will be helpful.

From the trenches, which must have been dug by extremely tall persons,
A.

And p.s., every time I look at that ‘submit’ button, I still both smile, and cringe. :) Lately, the power blowers have been spewing that word out at me full force, so I am learning to steel myself to it and to reframe it all. Long live all God’s creatures, including the piggies and the bunnies.

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Craig June 6, 2011 at 1:13 pm

I heart the “oooh SHINY” thing – makes me smile too. And funny! Smiling and cringing at the submission button (((snort))). Just remember you have all of the power. You choose to press the submission button – or not. And yes, God bless even the piggies – and the bunnies – and God bless you A.

And remember – where submission meets love there is no power struggle – it’s only when “non” love orders the submission – that’s where the problem lies.

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Dawn June 6, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Craig,

I loved the oooooh Shiny part, too. And A., you can throw a good line out to us with the best of them. I loved “From the trenches , which must have been dug by extremely tall persons,”

Laughing all the way to work,
Dawn

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Craig June 6, 2011 at 1:16 pm

A. really does have a way with words does she not? and don’t look at the shiny things Dawn – they will only divert your attention.. Let me share this with you because, you see, I’m an expert at…

ooooooh shiny!!

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Kristin June 6, 2011 at 2:23 pm

I laughed too at same thing…You and Cora brighten my day!
I believe in constant communication with the Lord too, I can’t imagine living any other way. But one day a week, I go into my closet, prostrate on the floor, fasting and only prayer this one special day. It’s become a very special “date”.
And…you find the neatest pictures! :)

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Craig June 6, 2011 at 2:33 pm

I absolutely, positively, HEART, your prayer “date”! I HEART that. Me – obviously – with my easily averted eyes and attention span am not capable of such discipline. But I heart that you are – and I think that our Lord hearts it to. And the pictures? Sometimes I spend as long looking for the pictures as I do writing the words – and I spend hours on the words. I heart finding the perfect picture. And this is a lot of “I heart” – even for me – so I’ll end it now.Thank you Kristen, thank you – and God bless and keep you!

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Michelle June 7, 2011 at 4:40 am

Looking forward to your summarising tomorrow (and really just commenting so you know I haven’t fallen off the planet – though with my sinuses playing up again I don’t think that’s a bad plan……)

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Craig June 7, 2011 at 11:10 am

thank you for commenting Michelle – just the little ones to let me know that you’re there – I heart those. It’s nice knowing that you’re there. And your sinuses, and mine, I think they’re related. God bless you Michelle!

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