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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