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Acts 10:4 Thought/Prayer.  Just Move It.  Topics:  2 at end.

“And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.”  KJV (Read this scripture and more at http://prayerpivot.com)

You may know how this goes.  You are getting into your quiet time, you’ve read your Bible, and then next is prayer time.  Your head is bowed, and you start praising and thanking God for all His mercies, and next – well, next, it’s 20 minutes later and you’ve just enjoyed a nice drift-off nap.  Ugh.  Actually, “enjoyed” might not be the best term here:  because you’re so mad at yourself for allowing this to happen AGAIN!

There are surely many suggested solutions for this problem.  One time I read about someone who said that this is a great way to take a nap – you’re so comfortable with the Lord, that you sleep like a baby.  If that were the objective of a quiet time, maybe this would be true.  But I think most of us probably would reject this idea when we’re really wanting to draw closer to the Lord.

But, interestingly, a partial solution has been made known to me in the last couple of days.  (Oh, did I say that this was my problem?  It is.  Not each time I pray, but too often than I like.)  I discovered the benefit of movement when praying.  Often I have paced while in prayer, usually out of some great need about which I am petitioning God.  But yesterday I finally got on an exercise bike, and gee – there was a stack of note cards I had put there many months earlier, with my prayer list.  And I began praying for those persons showing up there.  And, I was able to concentrate.  And I didn’t drift off – couldn’t do that and not fall off!

I’ve always been a proponent of a quiet time that is really a “quiet time.”  And I want to improve on sitting before the Lord, not napping, and enjoying special fellowship.  But I also like this bike-thing.  I got up this morning and did the same thing.  Bike, pray, pedal, pray.  (Of course, I’m getting aerobics in at the same time.)

What has come to me today is that some children have a learning style that works best when they are in motion.  The motion does not even have to be associated with the topic at hand.  They simply absorb knowledge best when in action.  And then I thought, babies are always in motion.  We know that they develop their muscles through all of the kicking they do.  Perhaps they are also enhancing their brain power at the same time.

Any pregnant mother knows about all that kicking in the womb.  We can see it in scans.  Lots of things are being developed in the actively forming babe. 

So I will continue this partial solution to my sleepiness with God.  He will help me find the rest of the solution. 

Lord, we just want to thank You, whether we’re quietly bowed before You, pacing before You, or biking before You.  Our prayers can still be a memorial before You.  We thank You for wanting to draw us close, and I thank You for helping me do that in one more way.  I can improve and develop in prayer just as You are developing every preborn baby and every child in all they need, to grow.

Topics:  Praise God for His solutions to our very human problems, and thank Him for the movement in the womb that is so indicative of growth – and thank him that we can see it so clearly through tests we can do in today’s medical world.
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