Why pray? "First, God. God is the subject of life. God is foundational for living. If we don't have a sense of the primacy of God, we will never get it right, get life right, get our lives right. Not God at the margins; not God as an option; not God on the weekends. God at center and circumference; God first and last. Having a conversation with God may be less about you and more about God. Your focus may shift away from yourself and toward your creator. If you have a friend who constantly asks you for things but never really wants to listen to you, how deep can your relationship go? Sometimes we forget that God has a personality and a creative side to Him, and wants to engage us at a deeper level. Let prayer be a time to savor. Look forward to spending time with God, using art as a tool to slow down and be with God. Allow this to be a time in which God speaks to you and you actively seek Him. An audible voice may not come booming out of the clouds, but many thing
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