Sunday, January 16, 2011


Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.  --Romans 8:26 (ESV)
Truth be told, perhaps nobody knows how to pray right -- not if by prayer we think it is the ordering up of some creation from our own minds as a solution to our problems.  Borne from our limited understanding and place, we mistake human reason and intelligence as adequate for telling God what and how to do things.  The Apostle Paul says the Spirit helps us in our weakness.  Perhaps our chief weakness is assuming our brains can solve all our problems.  Our small puny blurry perspective on life is hardly a vantage point from which to launch missives to God on how to manage the world.  So, prayer is something different from an ordering up of our answers for different problems in life.

Sophy Burnham said, "We are told that prayer brings angels down.  But if prayer is thought, concentrated and distilled, the clear pure yearning of the heart, is prayer also the manifestation of the divine?  The desire itself being granted as a gift of God, in order that its satisfaction may be given us by God."  Perhaps prayer is nothing more than the act of manifesting the Presence of the Holy One; an act of the will simply to bring God to the forefront.  From that point onward, one's spirit must surrender to the power that is then present in the room, trusting that the act or answer God will give is what is best for all.

Come Lord Jesus, be our guest, and to house, our home be blessed.  Amen.

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