“When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are. Anything your heart desires will come to you…” (written by Leigh Harline and Ned Washington for Walt Disney’s 1940 rendition of “Pinocchio”)
How often do we see prayer that way?
We send up wishes and hope someone, somewhere hears us. Our thoughts not much different than putting a note in a bottle and placing it in the ocean, hoping someone finds it before our boat collapses, and we’re eaten by sharks.
Even if you aren’t someone who’d define yourself as a “prayer”, aren’t you sometimes tempted to pray? Especially when life for you or a loved one get really hard, and there’s nothing left to do? In those moments, thoughts can go something like this, “The time it takes is worth it, just in case there really is someone out there, somewhere, who will hear me. And if there is, maybe they will choose to have some compassion and answer.”
If we are honest with ourselves, even those of us who consider ourselves “Jesus followers” and “prayers” sometimes act as though we believe that way when we address the God of heaven with our requests. I do.
For those who are struggling, prayer can become a life line. For those who follow Jesus, prayer is vital to relationship. Since prayer is so important, isn’t it worth discussing?
This week, let’s take a serious look at prayer. What is it? Does it really matter who we pray to? How do I know if someone is hearing me? Are there certain prayers that work, and some that don’t?
I look forward to our discussion. Please, as always, lets truly make this a discussion. If what you read touches something deep within, please let me know. If you have questions, insights, or even disagree – that’s all part of discussion. And please feel free to pass this along to someone you may know who would benefit.
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With love and prayers,