I use to wonder… ‘since God is good and omniscient why bother with prayer?’ I can’t tell God anything that God doesn’t already know. Surely my prayers can’t cause God to be better or kinder than God already is. What is the point of prayer?
Over the years I’ve made some peace with this question by observing how my prayers tend to evolve over time. For example…
Dear God, Why is he [insert name here] such a jerk? Thwart his evil schemes!!!
Dear God, Why is he so mean… so angry?
Dear God, Is it anger… or fear or pain that I’m experiencing from him?
Dear God, Who or what hurt this person to cause them to be like this?
Dear God, How can I forgive and bring peace to this situation?
Dear God, Forgive me as I forgive. Forgive me for judging. Help me learn to forgive.
Dear God, Bless him and use me to bring some peace into this world. Amen
Sometimes this evolution happens in a single prayer. More often it takes some time: days, weeks, in one case years. But no matter how long it takes, when I get to the last petition of this prayer, I feel like I have heard from God.
Maybe God believes in Talk-Therapy. William McGill said, “The value of persistent prayer is not that [God] will hear us but that we will finally hear Him.”
Maybe so, anyway I’m still praying.
May 29, 2019
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