Be faithful in prayer…

This week, as I was working on the Valley of Shadow piece, I kept finding my praying interrupted by thoughts of “I’ve already prayed all of this.  I can’t think of anything more to pray!” and feelings of frustration and despair.

Painting Assistant by Carmen CS
Painting Assistant, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

I sought advice from my beloved sister in Christ Rheba.  She reminded me that it is OK to pray the same prayer over and over.  I realized that is what prayer should be – not a fleeting thought but a dedicated repetition, a focussing of the spirit on the goal, whether that be celebration of God, thanksgiving for blessings, or requests.

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.   Rom. 12:12