DEVOTION: To continue yesterdays thought….
“But if one simply rules out the lower kind of prayer, two difficulties follow. In the first place, one has to say that the whole historical tradition of Christian prayer (including the Lords Prayer) has been wrong; for it has always admitted prayers for our daily bread, for the recovery of the sick, for protection from enemies, for the conversion of the outside world and the like. In the second place, though the other kind of prayer may be “higher” if you restrict yourself to it because you have got beyond the desire to use any other, there is nothing specially “high” or “spiritual” about abstaining from prayers that make requests simply because you think they’re no good……I think the whole matter needs reconsideration.” (pg 17)
This is a great conversation and a great way to think on this topic. Yesterdays comments were very engaging and very much in line with where Lewis is going here.
We’ll continue the thought tomorrow but to dive into this just for a minute…I just want to recite the Lord’s prayer.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Low, high and everything in between, this is the foundation of prayer. The foundation of how Jesus taught us to pray. So, in essence, this is the benchmark for prayer.
If we’re going to speak on prayer, we have to start here. So let’s start here. I don’t like classifying prayers as high or low. I don’t like the grading system of a prayer. Not sure God does either. Lewis is getting to this point in the next part of this chapter. We’ll get to that so let’s rule that out now…
But. I do like beginning right here. The Lord’s Prayer. I want to take tomorrow’s devotion and dive into it a bit….
But today….recite the Lord’s Prayer. Really take time to walk through it and offer it up to God.