Spice up Your Prayer Life

By Joann Condit of Phoenix, Arizona, USA

God is calling for a prophetic community to emerge, drawn from the nations of the world, that is characterized by uncommon devotion to the compassion and peace of God revealed in Jesus Christ. Through divine grace and wisdom, this faith community has been given abundant gifts, resources, and opportunities to equip it to become such a people.  Doctrine and Covenants 163:11a

Mother hated to make sandwiches.

But she made a daily lunch for my father during the long years he spent working in the Pacific Coast shipyards or building airfields. One day she used baloney, and that evening he told her she had made a good sandwich. It was a compliment he soon came to regret.

He got the same sandwich every day for at least six months before he complained. She replied in surprise that he said he liked baloney. His reply was direct, “Maysie, no one could like baloney every single day of their lives! It’s boring!

I think of that when I find common and repetitive tasks boring. I think of it when my eyes are blind to beauty. I think of it when my prayer life becomes a mere recitation, when I am grateful for the same things day after day, and when each Sunday service varies only by speaker and hymn choice. My spiritual life becomes boring, sad to say.

When I am bored and depressed in spirit, I change my place of daily prayer and the format of the prayer itself. I add new spiritual practices. I look for differences in services of worship and appreciate them. I look up and out at the diversity of this world. I try to make a difference in the lives of those I meet. With these differences, life becomes bright and new again, and the taste is various and good in my mouth.

Prayer for Peace:

God of all nations, may we delve into diverse ways of prayer and worship. May we be led in spiritual practices that deepen our relationship with you and your creation. May we pursue the many ways to share Christ’s peace.

Spiritual Practice for the Week: Honoring the Worth of All Persons

Read Psalm 139:13–18. Sit quietly and let the deep meaning of the words sink into your mind, heart, and body. What thoughts and feelings do you have about being “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14a)?

Sense the intimate knowledge God has of you and every child ever born. Ask God for an awareness of the sacred worth of each person. Weep with God over the soul-wounding forces and events that rob people of dignity and worth. How are you being invited to notice, protect, heal, and affirm the spiritual identity of all God’s beloved people today? Pray for God’s compassion.

Peace Covenant:

Today, God, I will pray a new prayer in a new place. I will pray deep and long.

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  1. Such a beautiful way to begin my morning, and I will certainly remember these brilliant suggestions as to worship & prayer……..Thank you & God Bless

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