on where I dwell and how it effects prayer


There is only one way to cultivate something, to work up its growth. I have to get down in the dirt and stick my hands in it, seed it and be tender there. I have to put down the computer and sit on the couch with a pile of boys and of books, and I have to read in voices and let them sound out familiar things, let them dig way down into the stories. I have to stare long at the typed page so I can hear it, before I cultivate right words and right order – the tone true to my heart.

So I wonder: how does anyone work up a prayer-life that goes without ceasing?

Trust in the LORD and do good;
Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. (Psalm 37:3)

It stand to reason that I have to dwell in very God of very God to work up that desire, which is really only realizing the position I already justly have.

I have to take my mind and put it on truth, run it by God in continuum. Sometimes to dwell there, I have to dive deep to the depths of the sea where is the palm of His hand, and I have to think up how great a hand literally came in and formed the dry land.  Sometimes to dwell there, I have to shut my mouth and listen. Usually, I’m just smiling at the good taste of butter and knowing where it came from.

On the few days that I’ve been a constant pouring out to Him, I have found Him and dwindled there noting, burning some, illuminating, and I want to go back there, to know how good His shadow is and believe in His safety – the only place I truly live, where I never die, where I’m drinking, eating, Living, the only place where faithfulness springs.

The only place to cultivate a prayer LIFE is the place that trusts the presence of the One and Only Triune God, where faith begets itself, where prayer produces more prayer.

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22 Comments

Laure
Reply August 19, 2009

Not by might, nor by power but by My Spirit saith the Lord!

There is no dwelling apart from His Spirit.

Father,
Thank You for the trust she has in Your Spirit's leading. Today may she be satisfied with such an amazing yoke!

Kelly
Reply August 19, 2009

where faith begets itself, where prayer produces more prayer...

I'm chasing thoughts about prayer this morning, weighing it in relationship, in how I learn to share with my husband and be vulnerable, in how shy I am to talk to my eternal Lover about what I love about Him, about what I think and feel. I lose prayer in the assumptions that He knows it all already, that I know Him all already.

You're right. Cultivation happens in the place that trusts the presence. I grew up in Him, but I am still so new at this...

brittney
Reply August 19, 2009

I read at Holy Experience this morning and was hoping I'd visit you today and read your wisdom.

"The only place to cultivate a prayer LIFE is the place that trusts the presence of the One and Only Triune God, where faith begets itself, where prayer produces more prayer."

That's where I need to be this morning. (And every morning.)

He draws us in and blesses us, even if it is just from the taste of butter. That's just one of the ways He works individually in our lives. He knows what makes us tick and uses everything for the glory of His name.

Boy Crazy
Reply August 19, 2009

This post feels like a message to me today. Not a message from you, but just through you. Thanks for that.

And as for books in the boy pile? If you haven't yet read Frederick by Leo Leoni or The Pink Refrigerater by Tim Egan, you must. As a poet/artist mother, these are books to share with your children.

Sandee
Reply August 19, 2009

I was just reading last night some comments by Jerry Jenkins on when he interviewed over a years time Billy Graham to assist in writing his biography Just As I Am. And toward the end of all the interviewing Jerry was trying to get at some tip or idea from Mr. Graham on what made him different, and the thing he shared, in a round about way, was that God doesn't hide the key to our life in him. that "the Bible says pray without ceasing and to search the Scriptures, and I do that". He went on to share that all during the day, any conversation, any activity, he had an ongoing dialogue with God in his thoughts. Made me hungry for that ability, to cultivate it....even when playing with the kids, at work, cooking dinner. Reminds me of Brother Lawrence and his way of practicing the presence of God.

Being a single mom, I get "lonely" for some conversation about my kids (rather than to my kids)...so I started dialoguing with God about them, like he was (He IS) the other parent....

Blessings.

Deborah Ann
Reply August 19, 2009

Ahhh, so beautiful! I feel like a seed has been planted in my own garden from your insightfulness.

God bless!

Mike Rusch
Reply August 19, 2009

these words...

"The only place to cultivate a prayer LIFE is the place that trusts the presence of the One and Only Triune God, where faith begets itself, where prayer produces more prayer."

are incredible.

"Trusting the presence" really hits me...to trust is not easy, but it implies a relationship and an understanding of our identity in God. Amazing words...thank you for the inspiration.

Traci Little
Reply August 19, 2009

So true! I find myself putting if off if I don't get to pray first thing in the morning before my little ones get up....

Instead of stopping and talking with the one who gave me life!

Thanks for those profound words and encouragement.

Love,
Traci

hamster
Reply August 19, 2009

there ain't a thing wrong with this. just a ripe bunch rights.

susie
Reply August 19, 2009

no one writes gospel like you write gospel.

Catherine
Reply August 19, 2009

Beautiful words...
“The only place to cultivate a prayer LIFE is the place that trusts the presence of the One and Only Triune God, where faith begets itself, where prayer produces more prayer.”
He is drawing me more and more into this place called trust...
Blessings,
Catherine

Christin
Reply August 19, 2009

Very well put.

Your Husband
Reply August 19, 2009

Since the guys are here...

This is good. Cultivating life needs to be our work. To "get down in the dirt and stick my hands in it." We need to get our hands dirty in prayer. We need to get our hands dirty in doing.

We're also getting our hands dirty at the MLP by trying to build a directory of charities for use this Christmas. We're trying move ourselves off of the throne of self-indulgent materialism (at least for Christmas) and get our hands into richer soil. Can ask your readers to help? www.motherletter.com

This is a good post, love.

Amber @ Classic Housewife
Reply August 19, 2009

Wonderful ~ Thank you so much for writing this. =)

Lela
Reply August 19, 2009

I love the picture you painted here with your words. I want to dig deeper into the soil to cultivate a heart for prayer. Thank you for sharing~

Sonia
Reply August 19, 2009

Trust in the LORD and do good;
Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. (Psalm 37:3)

The only place to cultivate a prayer LIFE is the place that trusts the presence of the One and Only Triune God, where faith begets itself, where prayer produces more prayer.

Wow...I'm truly speechless at your words. It's almost as if you took them straight from my heart and wrote them for me in a way I couldn't. I'm on the shore of a season where I just want to get lost in God. I thank you for your beautiful words.
God bless you,
Sonia

Jane Anne
Reply August 19, 2009

Thank you for sharing those verses. Dwelling in the land... I was struck by how much camping in God's word enables me to connect with God deeeper and quicker. I joined Ann today for the first time. I hadn't planned on it. And, then, I after my day, I read her post and felt compelled to share my thoughts.

Thank you for your words. They always encourage me.

Danielle
Reply August 20, 2009

Excellent post. Thanks for sharing that verse and relating it to prayer--something I've longed to grow in for a while.

Lacy
Reply August 22, 2009

Your words are beautiful & hit a place deep in my heart.

Thank you.

To Think Is To Create
Reply August 23, 2009

Getting my hands dirty is when I can finally plug in. Thank you for these most beautiful words today.

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