So that’s where Lewis ends the book. Or….shall I say, that’s where the folks who assembled this collection of essays decided to end the book.
That being said…I don’t feel like I’m any closer to understanding if I’m praying the right way or not. I feel as though I’m maybe even more confused about all of this.
But I do know this. I’m going to keep praying. Keep praying even in the midst of the doubt, uncertainty, hopelessness and beyond. I’m going to keep conversing with my Father because I believe that that’s the right thing to do. I want to know Him more and the only way I can do that is to talk with Him more. Lean on Him more and depend on Him more.
So…my prayers will continue. I’ll continue to base them on the prayer that Jesus taught us all those years ago:
“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.
Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Pray then like this:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” – Matthew 6:7-15
So I hope you join in this continuing life of prayer. Not grandstanding in your prayers, not praying to impress or praying to make your words be heard. But praying so that you may know the Father better. That you may know Jesus better. Praying so that your relationship with Him may grow. Praying so that your requests may be heard, so that your Father in heaven will know you more and will hear your concerns and your cares more. Praying so that you can help others with your prayers.
I pray today that as you pray, your prayers would do nothing but draw you closer and closer to Jesus.