Updated: May 29, 2019
Debbie and I have some dear friends. We see them almost every week, usually for dinner or a concert. If something good is going on in our lives, they will be among the first to hear it and celebrate with us. If something difficult is going on in our lives, they will be among the first to hear it and will offer their sympathy and support. We talk about everything, with each person taking his or her turn to listen and share. We’ve been engaged in this conversation now for nearly 30 years. We love and trust these friends.
Our ongoing conversation is not part of our friendship; it is our friendship.
Just so, prayer is not part of our relationship with God; it is our relationship with God.
Because I love and trust God, I want to celebrate with God when I’m happy and mourn with God when I’m sad. When I’m struggling with something, it’s God’s counsel that I desire.
Some people pray with their eyes closed and their hands folded. Some pray on their knees or in a favorite rocking chair. My prayer-time happens on a walk with the dogs, on a long drive, in those moments right before I fall asleep and in the morning before I get out of bed.
My best prayer time is with a community of friends. It happens in the context of a meal, music and shared stories. It happens when we pray as Jesus taught us. It happens when we pray for the church, the world and those in need. I’ve been a part of this conversation my whole life.
What I’m trying to say is this: My best prayer-time happens with you, because prayer is not part of worship, it is worship.
If you think I’m overstating the matter, Luther went even further when he said: “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.”
Keep praying and know that you are in mine.
Peace, Pastor Bill
May 22, 2019
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