A Praying Life

Jim and I have just started reading A Praying Life by Paul E. Miller. It was recommended to us by our ministry’s chairman of the board as well as missionaries here. (An interesting aside: Our home church in Salisbury MD just had a women’s weekend retreat on prayer and the speaker was from the same organization as Paul Miller — basically the retreat was this book in seminar form. Looking forward to hearing the response of attendees to this teaching.)

Anyway, back to the book. We are still near the beginning and today we read the typical objections or excuses people have for not praying on a regular basis. One typical excuse: I’m too busy. The author cited Jesus Himself as having PLENTY to do, but still prayed regularly.

“If you are not praying, then you are quietly confident that time, money, and talent are all you need in life. You’ll always be a little too tired, a little too busy. But if, like Jesus, you realize you can’t do life on your own, then no matter how busy, no matter how tired you are, you will find the time to pray.”

He is stressing focused prayer. Time set aside every day to pray. This would be in addition to praying as prompted during the day.

Do you have a specific time that you consistently pray? Do you have a specific location that gives you uninterrupted prayer time?



  1. The seminar and speaker were very good. I really appreciated that the teacher(Julie ?) got the audience to interact with her all weekend. It leads to honesty, transparency, and the comfort that we are all on our walk with Jesus together. I also liked that she led us all to pray all throughout the sessions!

  2. The seminar was great. I agree totally. Julie Courtney is the name. She was great, too–really open and inviting all to participate, and yes–the actual praying was so beneficial, too, so that everyone knows they can do it, no excuses.

  3. So glad to hear the retreat was great!

  4. very good!
    wish i could’ve been to the retreat!

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