God does not send us into the dangerous and exacting life of faith because we are qualified; He chooses in order to qualify us for what he wants us to be or do." Eugene Peterson
This facet of spiritual life is one of increasing interest to me. Why? Well, if truth be told I find that I cannot move through life for very long without offering up a prayer. Now, some have questioned me as to how I pray. I think that this is an interesting question because I have lived my life in a mode of prayer – yet, up until I began teaching Bible studies this question was not coined. Basically, what that tells me is that many people live life in a mode of prayer, but since they aren’t in a leadership position only they and God are aware of the relationship.
For me prayer consists of thoughts being offered up either at a designated time, or at moments of intimacy during the day. I pray in a big red overstuffed chair that reminds me of something Scarlett O’Hara might have enjoyed in the Old South. I snuggle in during the wee hours of the morning, or the late hours at night and lay out my day, or replay my day with God.
The morning time is fairly scheduled – I read the word, read my devotional of choice My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers, take out my prayer list journal and read off the names of the people that are nearest and dearest to me. There is nothing too spiritual about the list – just the reality that I’m a ‘woman of little brain’ and I must write everything down.
But, that leads me to the other type of prayer that I find myself praying. That moment by moment prayer that comes over me at the oddest times. Sometimes this comes when I see a child reach up and take their mom’s fingers in the grocery store – reminding me of how much of a child I am in my daily walk with my Lord and I cry out, ‘Thank you my Lord for ALWAYS being within my grasp, always being gentle and tender even in your discipline, never leaving me or forsaking me, being faithful and trustworthy, being the ‘parent’ to this sometimes wayward child. Not depending on me to hold on to You, but holding on to me and never letting me go!”
Or, when I am sliding across icy concrete and I marvel at His handiwork in the snow crystals that are cascading from the sky. Just think the Hand that made this winter wonderland chose to make us. He could have had relationship with the trees, the animals, but instead he chose to make us the receptors of His relationship. What an incredible God we serve.
Or, when I make a huge blunder, either in relationship or in some project I am attempting to complete, I wrap myself up in my bed covers and cry myself to sleep searching the Bible for words of comfort and encouragement. I cry out to Him and He slips His loving arms around me and comforts me in the most amazing ways.
When people walk away from me saying that they don’t need to pray because God is in control and He is trustworthy and there is nothing that they need to pray about, I feel sadness for them. I think that it would make me very sad to be in a relationship with a husband that I never talked to. What is relationship? It consists of a give and take of communication, working together, sharing each other’s thoughts and desires, as well as fears and concerns. God chose to send His son before the foundations of the earth were ever made. He ordered this world for relationship and in that recognition I find it interesting that we would only see Him as our Creator. He is that and so much more. He is God Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He meets us on every level of our lives, physically, emotionally, mentally. When looking at the men and women of the Bible we see that God was involved with their lives. They were normal everyday people like us. They had no hidden powers, no extra portions of spirituality poured in. In fact, God makes it very clear that they were failures in areas of their lives, just as we are. However, what He also makes very clear is that they were either in relationship or out of relationship with HIM. We find it with the men and women that write insightful books, i.e. Tozer, Chambers, Lewis, TenBoom, Heald, and Moore. They are simply people that walk in relationship with the Holy One.
May talking to HIM become a wonderful exchange of life and love. Prayer is us talking to Him; His word is Him talking back! Hummmm this sounds like communication, interchange, could it be relationship?
Prayer = us talking to the lover of our soul. I encourage you to fall in love with Him – it is a relationship that will never falter, never waiver, never grow old, and never become stale.
What would your friend, your husband, your wife, your child say if you asked them how they pray?
Because He IS the I AM,
a mutating missionary
Posted by Robyn Rochelle E. at Thursday, May 26, 2005
A little about me
I am in the world almost every day. Okay, daily.