Prayer. What is it? Yes, we know that it’s conversation with our Lord. But what is it, really? Does it need words? Can it have emotions? How should we do it, and what should we expect from it?
As I read this week’s FMF prompt, my first thought was, “How I’d love to sit down and talk to the Lord about it.” And then I realized that prayer is about doing just that.
So I said, Lord tell me what you think about prayer. How I should do it, and what you expect from it. And he reminded me that he did just that with The Lord’s Prayer. Saying “this then is how you should pray…”
So as I sat talking with the Lord it seemed he said, “There’s no right way to pray. What I want is for prayer to come from obedient children yearning to honor my Father. Who pray with grateful, forgiving hearts which overflow with mercy and grace. And who seek to serve me in purity of heart and action.
And it seemed I heard him say that he doesn’t really care whether we pray in silence, or with loud supplication. On our knees or standing. Multitudes of words or lack of them don’t count. It’s the pure and humble heart that he sees and listens to.
And to which our loving heavenly Father says, “I know your need. I hear your cry. And I already started answering even before you prayed.”