Prayer is both simple and profound. It can be just conversation between two who seek to deepen a loving relationship. It can be wrestling with the great imponderables of life. Prayer can be selfish or selfless. We know our prayers are not full of information that is news to the Father. He is never taken by surprise. So why do we pray?
We want answers. We want direction. We want assurance. We want comfort. We want intervention. We want to praise and thank and worship. We want to gripe, complain, and blame. We worry, we wonder, we admit we cannot make it alone.
Sometimes we’re just stumped. A little girl named Alison offered this prayer: “Dear God, I read the Bible. What does ‘begat’ mean? No one will tell me.”
Sometimes we want to make suggestions, like Jane: “Dear God, instead of letting people die and having to make new ones, why don’t you just keep the ones you got now?”
Sometimes we’re just trying to figure things out, like Dennis: “Dear God, My grandpa says you were around when he was a little boy. How far back do you go?”
Sometimes we just need help, like Frank: “Dear God, I’m doing the best I can.”
Prayer is an indispensable need in our lives, both personal and corporate. The prayer guides we have been using in our devotions covered these past few months. We keep praying. We keep seeking God, His wisdom, and His direction. Paul wrote that we should pray without ceasing. His words encourage us to have the mindset and the lifestyle that stays in contact with our gracious God; that seeks to care for the things we think God cares about; that daily surrenders to a higher purpose and greater good.
We pray because we can. What an awesome gift!