Prayer. The dictionary defines the word “prayer” as “a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God.”

I think the “solemn request” part of our understanding of prayer gets in the way of our praying. It leads us to believe there might be a proper or correct way to pray. Because after all, many of our prayers are born in fear, anxiety and crisis. We don’t have time to make a “solemn request” we only have time to react.

The dictionary is perhaps not a good place to gain understanding about prayer. We learn about prayer in the Bible with the writers of the Psalms who pour out their joys, fears, anger and hope to God in prayer. With Jesus who took time to pray alone and for others. With Paul who encouraged us to pray without ceasing.

There isn’t a wrong way to pray. Anne Lamott says, “Here are the two best prayers I know: ‘Help me, help me, help me’ and ‘Thank you, thank you, thank you.’”

Paul writes in Romans 12:12 – “Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.” May we persevere in prayer and not let our fears of praying “wrong” or in front of others get in the way of our relationship with God. Because in the end, that’s what prayer is about: our relationship with God. God wants one with us and God doesn’t care what it looks like, solemn requests not required.

Tomorrow we focus on prayer and praying in worship at 9:00 and 10:30 am. We’ll be looking for you to join us in learning more about and participating in prayer.

Grace be with you,


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