I pray to stay connected to God...something bigger than me. (Here's some info about prayer.) It seems to me that a God big enough to love me with amazing creativity in creation, persistence in Jesus, and effectiveness over thousands of years, is someone who's got a better handle on things that I do. (And I haven't found a better handle on life stuff.) So I want to stay connected. In that desire, practice and journey, I get changed for the better. God does stuff that I couldn't see before. And I find prayers answered in familiar and surprising ways.
I pray to let God change me. I need you to know I'm not an on-my-knees, head-bowed, hands-folded, kind of pray-er. I walk and pray. I write and pray. I draw and pray. I play music and pray. I think and pray. I cry and pray. I sigh and pray. And, once in a while, I bow-my-head-fold-my-hands and pray. (Here's some back info on ways to pray.) It's messy, sometimes mundane, often without immediate reward, frequently one step in a long journey, and always (in hindsight) powerful.
Why Pray?" and was reminded to pray. I was connected to God through a prayer: while reading the article, while writing this blog post, while waiting in my own discomfort, and while thinking about practical solutions to life's stuff. Maybe I need to go take a walk?! Thanks for starting my prayer time with me.
If you want to:
- engage about prayer,
- share a thought about prayer,
- know someone else is praying with you for a prayer request,
- offer a strongly or wonderingly held belief about prayer,
- pursue a sincere question about prayer,
- confront a deal-breaking or heart-breaking frustration about prayer,