My tongue is in my hand…

Posted on: April 17, 2008

we use prayer the wrong way far too often: either as a wish list type communication, asking specifically for things we want and need, or as a way to try to have control of our lives, as if through prayer we can ward off the bad things. Both of these tactics set us up for disappointment and do not actually accomplish much in the way of spirituality or faith. Because guess what? It doesn’t work that way, and when it doesn’t and you’ve been banking that it does, you are going to be mad at God. You are going to want to give up on faith. Or you are going to think maybe you just weren’t faithful enough, maybe it is some kind of punishment for your lack of faith.

When we pray, we should be seeking communion with God. We should be thinking more towards changing the internal aspects of ourselves instead of the external aspects of our lives. If we can calm our spirits, change our perspectives, develop our faith in a way that makes up capable to face the battles and demons of our lives, then we are getting somewhere. If through prayer, we understand our selves, our God, our world more, if though prayer we unlock the powers in our depths, and begin to see the purpose in our existence, then prayer is active, it is relative, it is transformative. If through prayer, we become a person more capable of being the best version our ourselves, then though prayer, we become the changing forces of our lives.

We underestimate prayer and we underestimate God when relegate them to the little boxes we were taught somewhere along the way that they fit it to. how ridiculous, how inane, how wasteful we can be…


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