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Finding time to pray is hard, but finding the ability to “pray without ceasing” seems impossible.

What’s the catch?  What are we missing, and how do we recover a prayerful heart in the midst of our over-committed calendars and under-nourished souls?

How To Pray

I subscribed to a daily meditation written by Henri Nouwen a few months ago, and this specific meditation came to my inbox back in January.  It hit me to the core as I read it by the light of my phone, under my warm covers in the dark of that winter morning.  And I have been mulling it over in my head and heart ever since.  

So, I wanted to share it with you guys here.

From Unceasing Thinking to Unceasing Prayer

by Henri Nouwen

Our minds are always active. We analyze, reflect, daydream, or dream. There is not a moment during the day or night when we are not thinking. You might say our thinking is “unceasing.” Sometimes we wish that we could stop thinking for a while; that would save us from many worries, guilt feelings, and fears. Our ability to think is our greatest gift, but it is also the source of our greatest pain. Do we have to become victims of our unceasing thoughts?

No, we can convert our unceasing thinking into unceasing prayer by making our inner monologue into a continuing dialogue with our God, who is the source of all love.

Let’s break out of our isolation and realize that Someone who dwells in the center of our beings wants to listen with love to all that occupies and preoccupies our minds.

So friends- know that I prayed for you this morning- and for me.

That we would all realize the nearness of God-dwelling in the center of our beings- in the moments of today. (Tweet This)

That we would convert our unceasing thinking to unceasing prayer — shifting our inner monologue into continual dialogue with our very near God.  

And that as we live in such thoughtful awareness and spiritual connection, we learn the beauty of what it means to abide in Christ, experiencing the fruit of peace and power that comes from such living.

“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on You!” ~ Isaiah 26:3