We Pray

How do we pray?  Sometimes we worry that our prayers aren’t good enough.  Or, it doesn’t feel like God isn’t  listening to us.  Some of us don’t like written prayer or rote prayer.  Some of us pray regularly and some rarely.  Some of us pray out loud and some pray in silence.  Some of us are a little bit afraid of prayer and the way it can make us vulnerable.

It seems to me we over-worry prayer.  Jesus taught about prayer a number of times.  He gave us an outline that we might use – reminding us that prayer isn’t about “me”.  It’s about the family of God and being in relationship with God and one another.

The prayer that Jesus taught is among the shortest of the daily disciplines in the world's great religions. But to the eyes of Christian faith it shimmers like the most precious of diamonds. When we pray it, allowing ourselves to be centered in the kingdom petition, a prism effect occurs. With light from the Spirit, other parts of the prayer fan out into a rainbowlike display of what it means for us to participate in the coming reign of God. C.S. Lewis wrote that he had gotten into the habit of mentally “festooning” individual petitions of the Lord's Prayer as he prayed them. Festooning means “to adorn with colorful decorations,” and Lewis used the term to describe his way of adding “private overtones” to certain of the petitions. I think we can all do that. Both the prayer itself and the Spirit within us encourage our imaginations to paint with the full palette of the kingdom.
-John Koenig, Rediscovering New Testament Prayer

May the gifts of the “Lord’s Prayer” be ours in good times and in times of crisis.  May we join with the whole family of God, the saints who have preceded us and all those to come in praying that we might be part of God’s Kingdom – now and in the days to come.

We’ll be looking for you tomorrow at 9 or 10:30 as we gather as a missional community to worship and pray.

Blessings,
Vikki

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