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Question and Answer

Why do I find it so difficult to pray? I want to begin my day with God, but when I wake up, I feel like there’s too much to do to make prayer practical.
You, of course, are not alone. First, you have a body that doesn’t want to get out of bed, an agenda that prompts you to put it off until you can find more time at the end of the day, and that nagging feeling that maybe prayers don’t change a thing, anyway. It’s that ongoing battle that we fight against the world, the flesh, and the devil (Eph. 6:12; 1 John 2:16). In the Garden of Eden, Adam knew what it meant to seek a conversation with God, to seek to know what He wants, and to desire to do what He wants. Since Adam and Eve fell into sin, the relationship with God has been fractured, and we find talking with God, reading the Word, and obeying it can be just plain hard work. We are fighting against our own sin nature continuously (Rom. 7:18–20).

The best answer to this problem is, to paraphrase the sneaker company, just do it. Wake up in the morning, and before you even get out of bed offer a simple greeting to God: “Good morning, God. I love you, God, and I know you love me too. God, what are you up to? Whatever it is, I want to be a part of it this morning.”

We think prayer has to be long, formal conversations. Instead it can be simple sentences offered throughout the day, giving God praise, making a confession, sharing our needs, or offering Him thanksgiving. When prayer becomes real like this, it becomes as vital to our lives as breathing. We discover it’s not a chore or burden, it’s the sweetest time in our day. “Good morning, God. I love you, God, and I know you love me, too.”

BY Mike Kellogg

Mike Kellogg worked with Moody Radio for more than 40 years, beginning in 1972. For many years he was the reader on Continued Story and began hosting Music Thru the Night in 1982. He also read the Today in the Word devotional for Moody Radio for many years. In July 2014, Mike retired from full-time radio. He is a graduate of Cedarville University, and has served as adjunct faculty in English and Speech Communications at Moody Bible Institute. He is married to Nancy, and they have 6 children and 16 grandchildren.

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