Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Wednesday Words


Prayer is a passion of mine. At the same time, I struggle with a constant desire to develop that area of my life. I am reading "Prayer" by Richard Foster this week. Naturally, these words resonated with me because of the reference to children. I encourage you to pray today. You won't regret it. Have a wonderful Wednesay!

"Jesus reminds us that prayer is a little like children coming to their parents. Our children come to us with the craziest requests at times! Often we are grieved by the meanness and selfishness in their requests, but we would be all the more grieved if they never came to us even with their meanness and selfishness. We are simply glad that they do come--mixed motives and all.
This is precisely how it is with prayer. We will never have pure enough motives, or be good enough, or know enough in order to pray rightly. We simply must set all these things aside and begin praying. In fact, it is the very act of prayer itself--the intimate, on-going interaction with God-- that these matters are cared for in due time."

Richard Foster, "Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home"

2 comments:

Kimberly said...

Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful words of wisdom! Being a prayer warrior is something I truly desire but always find myself lacking in the time I spend praying. It distrubs me so when I tell someone I will pray about something for them and then much later realize I never did. And yet how rewarding are the times when we pray and are able to see results regarding that prayer!!!
I love using the analogy of children because that is so right where we are at in our lives. Our world revolves around our kids so it is very easy to grasp the point the author is making. An ongoing, open-ended conversation with my Heavenly Father with all my nasty humanness is so much better than no conversation at all.

John & Carrie said...

Awesome! That is so powerful! Good thoughts for Wednesday! And helps to put things in perspective whatever the request is from our children about how our Heavenly Father must feel with our requests. Thankfully, He is has more patience than us earthly parents.