Today Lysa is talking about the confusion we can
have in prayer when we don't know if we're asking
Gods will for ourselves or another? Then she
adds, "Prayer opens my spiritual eyes to see things
I can’t see on my own." [Pg 30]
We often think of prayer as those petitions, the
humble requests, the cries of our heart to an able
God when we need something fixed. But prayer is
more, varied, simple and yet complex.
In a foundational book on prayer, Prayer, by
Richard J Foster, 21 types of prayer are defined.
All we experience in our prayer with God
(although doubtful that we categorize them into
various types) still fall into one, or more of these different categories. Yet, prayer is more.
In the book, Prayer, Foster writes, "None of us will keep up a life of prayer unless we are prepared to change. We will either give it up or turn it into a little system that maintains the form of godliness but denies the power of it-- ..."
Does that sound like petitionary prayer to you? It seems more like a relationship to me, a real one, the kind where you are confronted by a loving, holy, and all-knowing God who gives opportunity to do the right thing, say the right thing, admit a wrong or to be surprised with an uncomfortable chance to G-R-O-W. Can prayer be that too?
Lysa seems to understand completely that prayer is all of this. It's talking. It's crying out. It's asking, and even begging. It's relationship. And mostly, it's change. Because more than anything else God desires to lead your heart nearer and nearer to him, where he becomes that Source we already know. Amen?
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