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When Do You Pray?

by: Cory L. Kemp

When do you pray?

Prayer is the cornerstone of the Christian faith, the communication factor with God that opens us to grace, hope and the very love of God that transforms our lives.

So, when do you pray?

Think about that for a moment. Think about when you pray before you start reciting the endless list in your head about why you don't have the time to pray that you think you should, would or could, if only. Take a deep breath, and ponder this for a moment.

Did you pray at church this week? Did you say grace with you meals today, spoken or unspoken? Did you make a green light, thereby getting to work in plenty of time, and say, "Thank you, God"? Did you admire the clouds in the sky while running an errand before you picked you kids up from school? Prayer happens throughout your day, in ways that are obvious, and many that are not so apparent.

A prayer for God's help and guidance hudged between two thoughts about when to pay bills and still produce what is required at work, or a bit of extra patience listening to a friend, can both be strong prayers in simple, profound ways.

Our hopes and dreams are also prayers. Albeit not always spoken, our thoughts convey our desires to God and are as viable as the prayers in which we share at each Sunday worship service. Hebrews 11:1 states: "Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." In our hopes we communicate our faith in God, to God.

Prayer communicates to God all that we want to share with God. Praise, adoration, gratitude, hope, fear, trust, petitions, anything we want to share with God, and particularly those things we may not be able to share with anyone else are there for the giving. God listens, and God hears. Take a moment, a pen and a piece of paper, and jot down when you prayed today, and what you prayed about and for. No judgements, just a consideration of your communication with God today.

This article was posted on November 01, 2004

About The Author

Cory L. Kemp

As an ordained minister I have worked in educational ministries in several congregations, as well as pastoring a congregation. My writing has focused on nonfiction essays and I have recently submitted a theological memoir for publication. My ministerial background and love of writing have combined to develop Creating Women Ministries, a website dedicated to encouraging theological dialogue, particularly among women, through workshops, journaling and personal spiritual development. My website can be found at

A Prayer for the Hopeless.

Dear Lord:

I come to you today, giving my life over to you. I place my life in your trusting hands. I am hopeless and have no where to turn but to you.

I feel alone and forsaken, depressed and withered. I am tired. I cannot go on. Please give me strength to move forward. Help me to move past this dark mood that I will be restored back to the person I was before this loneliness and helplessness took over me.

I know that I am not alone, that you are with me every moment of every day. You are a kind and loving God. You take care of all who believe in you and trust in you. Well I believe in you and trust in you. So I ask that you not leave me alone today. That you shield me with your love and make me stronger.

Show me the power of your grace. Live in me so that the world might know the wonders of you love. Lift the sorrow from my heart and bring piece and joy into my soul.

Take away all that ails me, all that makes me sad and depressed. Show me there is more to my life than this darkness. Show me what you desire from me Lord and I will do your will. I know you have better plans for me than I have for myself. Just guide me in the right direction Lord and steer me away from that which displeases you, for I aim to please you in every way.

For this I ask in your name.


If you are suffering from cancer, or know someone who is suferring from cancer, and would like to ask for a special prayer request, and would like for me to pray for you, please use the form below and I will send a prayer directly to your inbox.  I love to pray for others.  It is a joy and brings much fulfillment.
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