Prayer and Sacrifice

I have spent some time in my blogs talking about suffering and sacrifice. I’ve discussed how we all go through it, and that, by enduring the suffering with our eyes focused on the cross, we will be drawn closer to Christ. What I have not considered in my own life is all of the ways in which we are called to endure suffering and sacrifice. We endure financial suffering and sacrifice. We endure physical suffering and sacrifice. There are many other ways that suffering and sacrifice come into our lives.

What I have not considered, is that we also endure suffering and sacrifice in our prayer lives. I have always had the expectation that when I go into prayer that I will be spiritually nourished and refreshed. When that doesn’t happen in my prayer life, I have a tendency to just give up. I didn’t give up when I endured unemployment. I didn’t give up when I or my family members endured physical suffering. Yet, at the first signs of struggle with my prayer life, I throw in the towel.

Truth be told, there will be many times of spiritual dryness for all of us. Mother Theresa spoke about years of spiritual dryness in her own life, but she did not give up. She did not give up on her prayer life, nor did she give up on her vocation. We are called to be a prayerful people. We are called to enter into a relationship with our Lord. Do we give up on our spouses, families, and friends when those relationships become difficult? Of course not! We shouldn’t give up on our Lord when that relationship becomes difficult as well.

We need to allow–even force–ourselves to continue to pray through the dry periods. Just as we are drawn closer to Christ through enduring financial or physical suffering we will also be drawn closer to Christ through enduring spiritual suffering. Additionally, prayer needs to become the number one priority in all of our lives. We need to stop making excuses for ourselves when we neglect our prayer lives. We all have the time and ability to pray. We just need to do it.

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Published in: on May 24, 2009 at 1:34 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. “Mother Theresa spoke about years of spiritual dryness in her own life, but she did not give up.”

    Wonderful post, Tim!

  2. We are sure fickle sometime Tim when we don’t feel God in the same way as in the past….and it is discouraging so sometimes we just stop. You are so right Tim, keep it up!


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