Reflections on Faith and Community
In this blog, you will find weekly reflections on life and faith. My hope is that, in some way, they will prove helpful to you in your daily living. May God bless you on the spiritual journey.
Andrew S. Odom
Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. (Luke 18:1)
Do you pray? If so, how do you pray? If not, do you find yourself wanting to? This Sunday we are going to read the parable from Luke 18 that Jesus tells, and we are going to talk about it. I am looking forward to it, because I happen to believe that prayer can be a game changer in a person’s life.
I will admit, though, that I used to think I wasn’t good at praying. The reason I didn’t think I prayed well is because I had a very narrow view of what prayer should look like. I used to think that if it wasn’t done in a church or in a secluded space somewhere and that if I didn’t get down on my knees and sit there for a good long time, then it wasn’t prayer. Since I didn’t do those things consistently, I didn’t think I was very good at praying. That’s what I used to think.
One day, though, a friend of mine who happened to be a pastor asked me something when I was telling her how I wasn’t good at prayer.
She said, “Tell me, do you talk to God or think about God?”
“Well, yes,” I replied. “I think about God a lot.”
“That might just be how you pray,” she told me.
I had never considered that every thought I had about God or every question I would ask of God was a form of prayer. It changed how I looked at it. When you put it that way, I will bet a good number of us pray more often than we thought we did. Oh, I do get down on my knees from time to time, and it is a good practice for me. But, most of my prayers come in the form of ongoing thought about God, those times when I find myself pondering God’s mystery. Prayer comes in many forms. Perhaps the better question to ask is not whether you pray or not, but how do you pray?
Published on 10/07/2019 @ 8:05 PM CDT