DEVOTION: “Prayer is not a machine. It is not magic. It is not advice offered to God. Our act, when we pray, must not, any more than all our other acts, be separated from the continuous act of God Himself, in which alone all finite causes operate.” (pg 12)
Then he goes on to say…..
“Praying for a particular thing always seems to me like advising God how to run the world.”
So. This is an interesting statement and paragraph. Maybe part of our thinking when we pray, as we start to change the way that we pray is more about how God can work through us and not so much how we can get God to work for us. Maybe it’s about us being open to the idea of God working through us….always. Not just some of the time, but always.
I know that my prayer time is always comprised of requests. I don’t think there’s ever a prayer that doesn’t include a request. Well, an intentional prayer. I think that as we worship, we are praying. As we serve, we are praying. But, traditional prayers for me, always include a request.
Maybe that changes today. Maybe it’s more about just asking God to move. Surrendering…oh, there’s that word again. Maybe it’s about surrendering the wants and replacing them with God’s needs in our lives.