So...all the people I would ask about this are, well, not available at the moment. And I should probably stop drafting people into being my pseudo-spiritual directors anyway. So I'm going to post this up for blogland (all 4 of you) to comment on.
I feel like I'm in a..."season of prayer," as my evangelical friends might say, wherein I am stuck in "adoration" or "thanksgiving" (according to the ACTS model of prayer).
What I mean is this: Whenever I settle down and actually focus on prayer, nearly all the time, what flows most freely, with hardly any effort on my part, are the thanksgivings. Thank you God for this-person-and-that-person, this-blessing-and-that-blessing, the way you reveal yourself to me when I have no idea why you would want to do that for me, this-thing-and-that-thing, the love and care shown to me by other people, etc...
It's a great feeling, really. It feels so good to just...love God...and give Him the praise and thanksgiving that is obviously due him. But it's strange how a) natural and...smooth this particular aspect of prayer has been lately, and b) difficult it is to pray for anything else right now. Every time I make a conscious effort to pray either for myself (generally things like guidance, direction, discernment, strength, etc...) or others (any kind of intercession at all), it's just...hard. My mind keeps drifting back to praise and thanksgiving for the way He's already been at work in those specific situations.
So my questions are this: are there such things as "seasons" in one's prayer life? I believe that certain people are called to pray for certain things - are some "assigned" or "gifted for" prayer of a certain "type"? Am I crazy? Sacreligious? Why is it so hard for me to intercede for others right now?