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How I pray without ceasing

Originally published Tuesday, 08 April 2014.

He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. John 10:3b (VOICE)

With 2014 some hard decisions to be made.

There is no clear right or wrong decision in the choices my husband needs to make. There are options which might bring more happiness into our lives and then there are routes which seem more tedious. 

I haven’t really known how to pray about the choices before us. 

I’ve just known that I need to pray a lot, that this decision is one where we need God to guide us. 

Over the last few days my husband and I have prayed together about the future in short bursts of prayer. 

But I’ve found that over the last few days my soul has done more praying than my mouth. 

I’ve been praying an old hymn:

Saviour, like a shepherd lead us, (tweet this)

much we need Thy tender care;

In Thy pleasant pastures feed us, 

for our use Thy folds prepare.

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! 

Thou hast bought us, Thine we are.

This song has just been going round-and-round in my head for days and I’ve been offering it up to God.

As I sing my prayer for guidance I am barely conscious that I’m praying. 

I go to sleep with a supplication to God in my head and I wake up with that same plea floating through mind. 

Someone once summed up this type of prayer beautifully in a comment on my blog

What does unceasing prayer look and sound like in my life? Names echoing in my mind, yearning in my heart, fumbling with my words, me with my head in my hands and silence, my hands holding and held by others on each side and theirs held and holding...holding on when everything, all the evidence says give up. 

Prayer can be more than words we say out loud. (tweet this)

So I’m praying with my soul and with my lips. I’m trusting that the God who knows his sheep by name will lead me to the place of his greatest blessing

I don’t know yet what decisions we will make, or whether our lives will change, but I do know that the one who cares tenderly for us will lead us. 

Ponder: What does unceasing prayer look like in your life? 

Prayer: Saviour, like a shepherd lead me. (tweet this)

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