Yesterday, Bo spent some time on prayer and I thought I would continue today. Prayer is not only at the heart of the Christian life, it is also at the heart of a lot of Christian frustration, misunderstanding, and even pain.
I often see a call to “prayer warriors”…most often when there is crisis in the caller’s life. A call to prayer is important…but only in times of crisis? Some natural questions arise…How do we pray? How does God answer prayer?
While I admit that Luke packs a great deal into today’s passage…the Lord’s prayer, a parable on prayer, and then several sayings about prayer…it, nevertheless, is a challenge for us. Prayer, in this passage, is not primarily about getting things from God but rather about the relationship we have with God. A relationship that allows us to pray maybe our best 2 prayers…”help me, help me, help me” and “thank you, thank you, thank you”.
Ultimately…I think Jesus invites us to be honest in our prayer life…an invitation that comes from our relationship with him. An invitation that says “‘I am with you always’, so why only come to me only in times of crisis or even simply need.” We are invited to a deeper, more honest, and more trusting relationship with the God who desires to be known chiefly as loving parent, provider of all that is good and protector of all in need. While this may not give us everything we want, it does provide what we most need…”our daily bread”.
In times of crisis AND in our everyday journey in this life, know that Jesus invites you to him…to trust in him. If you are one who needs a “model” for prayer, then I suggest the wise words of Paul, who wrote…”Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17)