Over the years Don has taught me so much about the life of a praying man. Recently he told me that Old Testament followers rarely, if ever, prayed the way we pray now. We tend to pray in ways that closely resemble a grocery list of concerns. Not so with the Jehovah-fearing Hebrew. They tended to pray for one thing. One thing consumed them so intensely that they prayed it through to the end.
Don calls it, "your one thing."
So, I started praying for my "one thing" this summer. God laid an issue on my heart, and it's pretty much all I'vebeen sending heavenward for the last several weeks. I'm telling you, what has unfolded since has, in the very least, been quite amazing in terms of spiritual awareness. You start seeing the hand of God moving, but in ways much smaller than in times past. Smaller? Yes, smaller. In my past, God would often have to do something loud and imaginative to get my attention. Now that I'm praying for my one thing until it comes to fruition, I find myself keenly aware of the smallest amount of His movement in this "one" area of my life. I watch for it. I anticipate changes He needs to make in me to see it through to completion.
He has my attention in ways that I've been inattentive for so long, and that's the point of conversations with God. My heart cannot change unless I'm in a position to hear from Him. When "one thing" is your point of aim, then your aim has a much greater chance to be true.
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