What do you pray…about?

Devotional/discussion thought of the day:

“You wrote to me,”To pray is to talk with God.  But about what?”  About Him, about yourself. joys and sorrows, success and failures, great ambitions, daily worries – even your weaknesses!  And acts of thanksgiving and petitions, and love and reparation.
In short, get to know Him, and get to know yourself – ‘to get acquainted”  Escriva

Sometime I think we project prayer as some kind of duty, an obligation, a spiritual check in with Dad as we approach curfew.   We pray because we are told to, we pray because we are expected to, because we are good people.

If our prayer is only that, then we miss a lot, as we don’t comprehend the heart of the God who reveals Himself as our Father.  Who longs to share His life with us, who longs to be with us,  Prayer is a conversation with no bounds, and requires no special dignity or formal language. The Lord’s prayer is a basic outline – consider all the things covered by it!  Yet as well, there are times where we need solitude and peace, those times too are times of prayer, as are times where we complain and rant  and throw a tantrum like Jeremiah, or plead as Paul does for things to get better.

Recently, Andy Griffith died, and most of us recall first the closing to his television show, and he and a very young Ron Howard walk down a dirt road, on the way to go fishing.  Such is the nature of the relationship we have with God….as we walk through life together….   know He is there… share the day with Him, rejoice as He pours out His love and mercy and grace… and talk.. and listen,

That is prayer…. try it… often!

About justifiedandsinner

I am a pastor of a Concordia Lutheran Church in Cerritos, California, where we rejoice in God’s saving us from our sin, and the unrighteousness of the world. It is all about His work, the gift of salvation given to all who trust in Jesus Christ, and what He has done that is revealed in Scripture. God deserves all the glory, honor and praise, for He has rescued and redeemed His people.

Posted on July 15, 2012, in Devotions and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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