Prayer. From the time we are very young and learning to talk young Christians ‘learn to pray.’ We pray the Lord’s prayer, we pray for our families, our toys [because we want more], anything and everything we can think of. And this is fine–for young children.
But what happens when we, as adults, pray in this way? Are we entering into a time of petition and intercession, or a time of gossip labeled as “prayer requests”? And when we do pray, do we simply restate our entire case… and just add “Dear God” to the beginning? Didn’t God hear us the first time?
Deep within our hearts lies a longing to be silent, to hear our heart beating to a different patter, to hear the desires of our heart spoken back to us–rather than trying to find the words to properly put them on display.
We long to talk to God, yes. But we long deeper still for God to speak to us.
Henri Nouwen [in his book Reaching Out] speaks about the highest form of prayer being the prayer in which “God prays in us.” Could prayer be more than a dialogue with God? Maybe as we are growing spiritually we are moving towards a monologue. Perhaps as we journey through life we stop commentating on all that we see–the flowers, the trees, the cities, the lights, the people [oh, we have so much to say about the people!], our tired feet, the food we consume, where we go…maybe we learn to stop our own commentating long enough to hear a different commentary–the one that has already been written for us to listen to. Could we hear (instead of our own voices) God praying in us?