Over the course of the last few years, I must say that my prayer life has grown stronger and stronger with each passing day. I have really discovered that its a lot less like a formal request made of some far-away heavenly father, and more like an on-going conversation with my constant companion throughout my entire day. It has been a huge evolution for me and has made such a difference in my life and my relationship with God. I find that it is not a one way street – me asking for help, asking for forgiveness, asking for what I need…or want. My prayers have grown and evolved into a two way street where I pour out what’s on my heart and I listen for God’s guidance. I know that I still have so much room for growth – and I am not writing about this to boast about my prayer life…I have just been reflecting on things learned and observations about my faith. I seem to keep going back to my word that I chose to focus on this year. LISTEN…I have begun to not only listen more attentively to those around me, but also I have begun to better listen to myself, and to God. This has changed my prayer life in that I find myself praying to God and NOT asking him for what I think I want or for what I think I need….rather, I have been trying to pray and ask God for what HE knows I need. I have been trying to pray and ask God that whatever His will is – that it be done…and then I listen. I still find myself at times trying to talk Him into what I think I need…but more often have been trying just to stay out of His way and let Him handle things. I can’t fathom a single day without prayer…without that constant conversation going on with God, who guides me through the day. I am so thankful for the kind of love that God has for me that keeps that conversation going. Now, I just have to get out of the way – and listen.