Here I am lost in thought about the cup of coffee I hope to have in my hands shortly. Soon, I’ll be awaiting that splendid greca space rocket sound that brings joy to almost all of my senses. It’s been a long day –that kind of long day which takes a while to process.
Today has been full; from unsettling situations to thrilling prospects. There’s a sort of, kind of undefinable oddness about it. Yet through it all I’ve held on and today I’m abounding in gratitude for something remarkable; something we always have, but many times take for granted:
Just a few years ago prayer was nothing more to me than the mumbling of senseless words, tossed into a vacant nothingness, while God was nothing more than an irrational invention for the weak-minded.
Nevertheless, when one truly finds themselves facing God’s love, there’s no turning back. Not because you've become afraid, or relaxed, but rather, Beloved. Prayer becomes something significant, something beyond the common impression. As C.S. Lewis puts it in his essay, The Efficacy of Prayer,
“The very question “Does prayer work?” puts us in the wrong frame of mind from the outset. “Work”: as if it were magic, or a machine—something that functions automatically. Prayer is either a sheer illusion or a personal contact between embryonic, incomplete persons (ourselves) and the utterly concrete Person. Prayer in the sense of petition, asking for things, is a small part of it; confession and penitence are its threshold, adoration its sanctuary, the presence and vision and enjoyment of God its bread and wine. In it God shows Himself to us. That He answers prayers is a corollary—not necessarily the most important one—from that revelation. What He does is learned from what He is.
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. James 5:16
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6