I talked to someone this week who is just getting to know you,
Just starting to read the Bible,
Just figuring out what prayer is.
I told her that prayer is talking to you—
And listening for you.
There is no right or wrong way to do it.
Her eyes grew wide.
I told her that she can pray for other people.
She got so excited,
and asked if she could pray for the people who shared concerns at church.
When I assured her she could
She acted like it was the biggest honor ever bestowed on her.
And it really is, I suppose.
So forgive me for too often considering prayer a burden,
A to-do to check off my list.
Give me eyes wide with wonder at the prospect of talking with You.
Give me a heart filled with gratitude
Each time I lift up someone I love to you in prayer.
Remind me over and over again that this—
Simply talking (or writing or thinking) with the knowledge that you are listening—
Is an immeasurable gift.

Rev. Joanna Harader serves as pastor of Peace Mennonite Church in Lawrence, KS. You can find other worship material she has written, indexed by scripture and topic, on her blog, Spacious Faith.

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One thought on “Saturday Prayer: A Prayer about Prayer

  1. What a wonderful insight and reminder. I had a 98 year old parishioner in a nursing home who would help to feed others, wheel them in to different events. This was her ministry she told me. Then a year or two later she lost her sight and just lay in bed. She felt totally useless, without a purpose… at 99! So I invited her to pray for some of the folk at church and in the home. We talked about each person. The next time I went to see her she was anxious to know how the people she was praying for were and if I had any other names to add. When folk found out this woman was praying for them ever morning and night, they were reassured. Powerful ministry. And a wonderful reminder to look at prayer not as a burden, but an honour.

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