Keep it simple stupid. This is a saying quoted regularly in recovery meetings, and for good reasons. Mainly, a person seeking to recover from addiction to drink and drug use, must not complicate anything in their life that may drive them back into the old way of thinking and living. This is a good way of approach to anything and everything we do lifelong.
Simplicity begins from the moment we awake to face the new day. Thoughts we have in those first few seconds, set the tone, or the pace for the new day. Do you want to have a good day? Start the day right, surrender the day to God, seize the day in prayer. There is freedom in this surrender.
"My voice shall you hear in the morning, O Lord, in the morning i will direct it to you, and I will look up." Ps 5:3
A simple, God help me stay sober today, is all most people need, when asked with sincerity. God isn't waiting for you to learn to speak in the old English way. Thees and thous are not what He wants from you. He merely wants you to look to Him for help...and He will give that help. This was key for me in my early days of recovery. I have to remember, even now, not to kneel in prayer, and over-complicate a simple conversation with the Lord of Life.
I am also keenly aware that I have to keep this morning exercise simple to the next step in the new day's beginning. It is very essential to put something into the thinking part of me, to mull over as I go through my day. A short verse from the Bible, a short devotional, a paragraph from AA/NA's Big Book, and there are other plans that work...but remember, KISS. (Not the band)
Meditating on what I have just prayed and read, is the next step in a great start in this new morning. Do you know how to meditate? Can you believe that most people don't know how? There is a good reason they do not know, that being, most have the perception of the one meditating, sitting with their legs crossed, chanting and focused on...nothing. That isn't true at all. Meditation is mulling over in your mind, the thoughts you have from what you have prayed and read. Do this exercise without complication. Meditation also means, "to mutter," repeat it over and over.
This process only takes minutes, not hours. Every individual I know in recovery, that has maintained their sobriety, have maintained a similar day-starter like this. No complications, KISS.
"Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for His will for us, and the power to carry that out." The Big Book of AA, step 11, pg.59
You can pray as long as you like, read as much as you want, meditate for hours on end, but that is no more effective if performed insincerely. The long drawn out prayers seem to come from the part of us, where are faith is weak, thinking that this petition will not be heard if the request is too short, but that isn't so.
Spending time with God is great, is faith building, but that isn't the key to answered prayer. The request once made, is to be received by faith. Spend the rest of the time on other needs, or other people, or just to talk to Him. KISS.
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all. Keith...kiss.