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Today’s Reflection

AT TIMES you may have treated God like a bubblegum machine. You dropped a coin in the prayer slot and expected an answered prayer to roll out. But perhaps the answers that tumbled out were not always what you expected. In fact, God hasn’t always acted the way you thought God would or should.

At other times you wondered if God was listening at all. Silence left you thinking God had abandoned you. Sometimes you even prayed as if it was up to you to tell God what to do. Now that you have grown older, there are days when words for prayer just won’t come. You struggle to string thoughts together in a way that makes sense. But deep down inside, something stirs your soul and prompts you to keep praying. …

Prayer and aging go hand in hand. An active prayer life provides you a constant source of friendship. Nothing is too insignificant or too overwhelming to tell your heavenly Father. Walk closely with God and feel divine goodness all around you.

– Missy Buchanan
Aging Faithfully

From pages 52-53 of Aging Faithfully: 28 Days of Prayer by Missy Buchanan. Copyright © 2011 by Missy Buchanan. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

What prompts you to keep praying when you find prayer difficult? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is.

Acts 3:2, NRSV

This Week: pray for increased faith. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.

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This week we remember: Dietrich Bonhoeffer(April 9).

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