Maybe you saw this on 60 Minutes last Sunday. Scott Pelley was interviewing Mitt Romney and he asked if the candidate prayed every night. The answer was, “Yes.”
Pelley then followed up with, “What do you ask for?” Yikes. Yes, he asked that. Whoever said there are no dumb questions? (To finish the thought, Romney said, “That’s between me and God.” But then said, “Wisdom.”
I hope other believers agree with me that a view of prayer that assumes a nightly discipline (nothing against it) where the praying person’s only task is to itemize petition items is quite childish. Enough said about the interview except to say that it caused me to reflect on my own prayer experience.
What I hear myself saying when I pray is “Thank You, God.” The most regular prayers are at mealtimes and Laurel and I are diligent in “returning thanks” for the plenty in our lives. We see ourselves and truly blessed. When we bow and pray in restaurants I usually wonder, and sort of hope, that someone is noticing that that interesting older couple is holding hands and thanking God for their food.
A majority of my prayers are organic, in the moment. Sometimes they are the wordless ones that the Holy Spirit alone can interpret to God.
I regularly ask God to bless our church. I dream of WPC being the best expression of itself as God’s instrument in the world. I regularly ask God to bless Lumunos in the same way. I regularly ask God to bless our family. We have awesome adult children, each with their wonderful talents and sometimes almost daunting challenges. I am totally not asking God to smooth the way, but to guide them to summon their gifts and savor it all – glorious and hard.
What are your prayers like?