Martin Luther's Prayer Book

I’m fighting the urge to fill this post with inspirational quotes on prayer. They’re everywhere. It’s a funny thing, but people (myself included!) often seem to be able to write things about prayer a lot better than they are able to actually pray. That’s sad.

It’s also true that it’s very easy to make people feel very guilty very quickly about how little we pray, or how little faith we actually have even when we do pray. I don’t want to make anyone feel guilty about that.

All I want to say is this: I’ve never regretted a moment I’ve spent in prayer.

And that’s saying something. I’ve regretted time I’ve spent with people. I’ve regretted investments I’ve made. I’ve regretted places I’ve gone, things I’ve said, things I’ve thought, and things I’ve wished. I’ve regretted decisions I made for our family and decisions I made for our church. I’ve regretted things in just about every area of my mistake-filled life. But I’ve never regretted praying. Not once.

I’ve never ever met with God and then thought, ‘Boy, that was a waste of time…’ or ‘Now how was that worth it?’ It’s always worth it. It’s never a mistake.

I pray that for however long God gives me on this earth, my life would be one continually filled with an ever-increasing awareness of my dependency on God, leading to an ever-increasing felt-need for prayer, which leads to an ever-increasing quantity and quality of prayer. I know I won’t regret it.

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** This is written as part of the seriesĀ 30 for 30: Reflections on Life at My 30th Birthday **