Since this Thursday is the National Day of Prayer, I thought we’d spend this week thinking and talking a little bit about talking to our great God. For some people, prayer is something they live and breathe – they’ve been doing it for so long that it’s become second nature. For others, just the thought of sitting and praying makes them break out in hives. If I had to guess, I’d say you fall somewhere in the middle.
I have no idea how many books have been written and sermons preached about prayer, but it’s pretty high on the list of topics in Christian literature. And it should be. It’s such a privilege to go to the God of the universe with our concerns, our fears, our thanks! No doubt though, there’s a whole lot of advice out there regarding prayer. I love how Eugene Peterson phrased Matthew 6:5-8: “The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and He knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply.”
Isn’t that the truth? This is our Father we’re talking to. Not our boss, or the President, or a judge – our Father. Yes, when we pray we ought to have a sense of reverence for who He is, but He already knows our hearts so we don’t need to grovel or use lots of words. We can just tell Him what’s on our minds and trust that, not only does He already know, He’s already got it worked out. What a relief!
What’s the best advice you’ve been given about prayer? Do you have a favorite book about prayer?