We Should Pray


"Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered." - Romans 8:26

My parents taught my brothers and I the importance of prayer. Before we would lay down for bed at night, we would pray for mommy and daddy, brother and sister, grandma and grandpa, aunts and uncles and the list would wind down with a prayer for Queen, the family dog, before saying "Amen." In all, these prayers probably lasted a minute, but they seemed so much more than this.

Prayer. It takes just a matter of seconds to utter, but its influence in our lives, on our behavior, on our hearts, on our perceptions, can be permanent. A simple prayer moves from our lips to the very ears of God. And the practice of daily prayer is a healing balm for our souls. A simple prayer can change us; can lead us on the path to healing ourselves and our world.

So pray. Pray for peace, pray for healing, pray for the strength to eradicate poverty and disease, pray for the courage to overcome injustice, pray for resolve, pray for others, pray for yourself. Pray to God with all your heart and soul, then gather up your might to meet the challenges that lie ahead.

Prayer is not a passive activity. Prayer alters us. It awakens us. Our eyes begin to notice beauty where we never noticed it before. Our hearts begin to feel compassion we never knew we had. Our priorities shift. As we talk to God, we receive the encouragement to live up to the potential inside us. Soon we start to see beyond ourselves into the world that is waiting for our help.

I believe God is listening. And I believe God answers us. God’s answer to our prayers may be very different from the answer we were searching for. God’s reply might come as the strength to fight on. It may come as the courage to face what we have been fearing. God’s answer may be the ability to accept what we have been denying. Or it may appear as hope in the face of despair. God is neither distant nor deaf. We are not alone. God is present in our lives.

When we stop bargaining with God and start opening up our souls to God, our prayers suddenly start working. We can pray for strength and receive strength.

Prayer is ultimately an experience, not a request. It is a sense of being connected, of being part of something larger than ourselves. It is being in the presence of God.

So, take a moment. Take a deep breath in, let a deep breath out, and talk to God. Tell God your hopes for the new day and your worries too. And don’t forget to notice something to be thankful for this day.

May God heal your body and soul. May your pain cease. May your strength increase. May your fears be released. May blessings, love, and joy surround you, today, and always. Amen.
Feb 22 2019