I remember saying my nightly prayers as a little girl. Every night... without fail! They were part of the nightly routine... brush teeth, wash face, say prayers!
Somewhere between being a young teenager and a college student nightly prayers just faded away. I'm not sure why.
Up until today I have not prayed at night on a regular basis. But that is about to change...
Brush teeth, wash face...
I'm usually exhausted and fall into bed half asleep before my head hit s the pillow or I fall asleep watching the news or the cooking channel. Praying is not foremost in my mind.
Let's pretend for just a minute...
Let's pretend that you are hosting a big family dinner. Family comes to your home from all over. You have gone all out and prepared a fabulous, delicious meal! Everyone happily partakes of your home, hospitality and effort. Then they leave... all of them without saying a word... not one word! No thank you! No, honest compliments on the great dinner... no good byes! No hugs! No I love yous...they just leave! How would you feel?
Maybe that is how God has felt all these years when I don't have the time, energy or inclination to just say thank you and good night!
Starting tonight I am making the effort to talk to God, even for just a little bit, before I go to sleep... every night! Without fail, God willing!
I want to tell Him thank you for at least one thing... I want to pray for one person that crossed my path... I want to tell Him I love Him... and tell Him why! Then I can commit my night and life into His nail-pierced hands and rest!
How about you?
If you are not regularly praying at night why don't you join me! Let's start a new nightly routine that ends with a little prayer time with our Father!