So why is this a big deal? Because I said so. If that works for my 4 year old on me, it should work for you too. Got it? Good!
So where was I? I took a break. I even took a break from Facebook for a while too. I’ll be candid, it’s not always easy to write daily. I am not sure how those very talented folks that do it, in fact do it. God bless them.
I wanted to say a little something something today about prayer. I have over the years had people ask me,
“Do you think you are better than me because you pray?” or something like that. In all sincerity I haven’t always had the best answer to that question. Had I, the conversation probably would take a different direction than it normally did.
In my opinion, people who ask that question do not understand what prayer truly is or who we are praying to. So today I want to give you my answer to the question about if I think I am better than someone because I pray.
That was easy! Both of you that are reading this probably would like a little bit more of a substantive answer.
No I do not believe that I am better than anyone because I pray. In fact, I know that I am much worse than most people and recognize that if I didn’t pray, believe in God, go to Church regularly that I would be in a really bad place in my life right now. Just as I was before I returned to the Church and made Jesus center of my life. Before I made Jesus the center of my life, I made myself the center of my life. My life was nothing short of maddening chaos. There were holes in my heart that I tried to fill with all sorts of sin and misery. The more I tried, the worse it got. It wasn’t until I was humble enough to realize that the universe did not revolve around me and that I was not God. That I was a sinner. Life got easier. Those holes in my heart, they filled in with God’s love. Wounds created by sin, were healed by grace.
I don’t pray because I am better than anyone. I pray because I recognize the fact that I am a sinner and that if I don’t pray, if I don’t put Jesus in the center of my life, then my life will slip back into what it was before. While that may be more “fun” in the short term-that is doing what I want to do rather than what I should be doing; it’s not authentic freedom and it certainly not the road to everlasting life.
There are many forms of prayer from spontaneous to liturgical to extemporaneous to silent prayer to intercessory prayer and on and on. The great thing about prayer is that you can do it anywhere at anytime. St. Paul says to “pray unceasing” . That is not as hard as you think. Offer everything you do over the course of your day in a prayer. Simply ask the Lord to speak to you (in my case very loudly since I can’t hear very well).
No, I am not ‘better’ than you because I pray. I pray because I want to be better…perhaps like you.