I pray everyday. My prayers usually are conversational, ones in which I talk to the Lord and he kindly listens. Sometimes I sense his presence; other times I pray in faith, believing in what I can’t see or feel. I pray for people in my life, for some more than others. At times I shoot emergency requests like arrows, hoping to pierce the compassion of Christ.

Sometimes I sit silently and wait for God’s Spirit to counsel me. I wish I were better at that kind of prayer because during those times I gain the ability to survive the injustices and inequities of this life with more grace and holy ingenuity. I’ve noticed the more acute my ear becomes to identifying the Lord’s voice from ongoing racket in my head, the more sensitive and discriminating my “knower” is.

To pray is nothing more involved than to open the door, giving Jesus access to our needs and permitting Him to exercise His own power in dealing with them.
-O. Hallesby

Excerpt from Stained Glass Hearts<


  1. Benita Teems on August 11, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    I love this post. I love “Stained Glass Hearts.”

  2. Candace on August 11, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Beautiful post Pats!

    I feel the same.

    Sometimes I think if people, especially young people, were related to in the same fashion & frequency as they talk to God, they would feel hurt, alone, unloved, used…


  3. Jeff Goins on August 19, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    I’m reading Teach Us to Pray by Charles Whiston. It’s an excellent book on prayer — something few of us know how to do well.

  4. Anita on October 24, 2011 at 2:17 am

    Hi Patsy,

    Asking for prayers for my mother, diagnosed with cancer recently. Thank you!
    Anita Sturch

  5. Amy Evans on October 21, 2020 at 8:33 am

    Asking for prayer regarding a friendship. Thank you.


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