Every now and then I share the following statement with my friends:
There is power in prayer
I share this statement because I have experienced the power of prayer and I know it to be true.
The topic of the sermon this morning in church was prayer.
From the sermon, a statement that most resonated with me was:
“Prayer is the language of faith.”
– Eugene Peterson
Wow! I think that is a great way to understand prayer.
Even though I was raised in a church, I felt for most of my life that I did not know how to pray. Yes, I learned to recite the Lord’s Prayer, the 23rd Psalm, a grace prayer, a bedtime prayer. But they were not personal. They were words. Beautiful words. But words. I would try to focus on sending them to God, but they were someone else’s words.
I admired the people who were able to lead prayer and to speak to God for the group. I did not know how to speak to God that way. I didn’t know how to talk to God personally. And I certainly did not feel qualified to pray out loud. . .that is, to be a prayer leader.
If you are curious about prayer, if you wonder about the meaning of prayer and whether and how God responds, if you are insecure in how you attempt to pray, you may wish to watch/ hear the sermon linked in below.
It gave me great comfort.
Sermon: Using Bad Language
A number of years ago, after I had invited Jesus into my life, I came across the book “Prayer” by Richard J Foster subtitled “Finding The Heart’s True Home.” I love this book.
Let me share the opening of this book called Prayer?
Seeking the Transformation We Need
“To pray is to change. This is a great grace. How good of God to provide a path whereby our lives can be taken over by love and joy and peace and patience and kindness and goodness and faithfulness and gentleness and self-control.”
Wow again! From this point, each chapter introduces and clarifies a different kind of prayer. This book was very helpful to me in beginning a prayer life. It is a book about prayer, which is not the same thing as prayer. I think the only way to learn to pray is to start.
The second statement from the sermon which resonated with me comes from the Pastor sharing his own testimony as to how he learned about relationship with God from his sister. I don’t want to repeat this in its entirety here, just know that she advised him on how to cultivate that relationship with God and concluded by saying: “It’s like having a best friend forever.”
I agree. I still do not lead prayer. . .I pray silently sharing my thoughts with Him and listening for His response. It is much like having a chat with a good friend. Best of all, when I fail for periods of time to chat with God as I inevitably do, then when I do finally pick up the line, He is there and as it is with any true friendship, it is like we were never apart. Be prepared! His answer may not come immediately! It may take a long time, a very long time. I have learned that you have to persist in your prayers. And the answer may not be what you expect. In my experience, you will have to cultivate patience along with relationship with God.
After church I took my copy of Foster’s Prayer out of the drawer it has been in for some time.
It is time to read it again.
I hope some of you will choose to get a copy and read it along with me.
And perhaps you will be kind enough to share your insights with me. Then I will from time to time share your insights on this site.
Thanks for checking in. God bless.