November 10th, 2021

“Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints.” (Ephesians 6:18)

A congregational leader admits “I’m intimidated by prayer. I want it to be neat and tidy with words that make sense. But most of the time, I don’t have words.
I have a mix of feelings, or other times there’s nothing there.”
Perhaps you can relate. Or, perhaps you experience a rich prayer life.
I have been a member of a Shalom Pastor’s Group for several years and we agree, one of the members has the best prayers!

If we are to pray “at all times,” we have to allow ourselves some run-on sentences and messy thoughts.
Our whole lives are lived as a big messy prayer. Sometimes we need prayers that others write.
Sometimes we need to sit with ourselves and God in silence. And sometimes, we have to live out our prayers with our actions.
It has been said the desire to pray is itself a prayer…. and that is enough.

This Sunday in our worship we will offer prayer for the healing of creation, the healing of the nations, and pray for healing for ourselves and others.
When the needs of the world, the climate crisis, or our own needs seem too big for words, we trust that God listens to our hearts.
As God listens to our hearts, may we also listen for God. Amen