This is prayer

In the past week, I have seen two of the best depictions of prayer. No, they had nothing to do with politics or elections. But…

They were on TV!

The first is an unexpected lesson. Visit this link, forward to the last 4 minutes of the show (its worth the 2 minutes of commercials).

The second, seen below, is a bit more adult.

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Why do I love these? Why do I think these are fantastic portrayals for prayer?

Because the are raw.

Honest.

Real.

The first reminds us that simplicity and child-like innocence is all that is needed when praying. While this scene is one of teaching, maybe some of us need to do some unlearning in the prayer department, bringing it back to its essence.

The second shows us that life is not fair. Not everything makes sense and struggles will happen. But that doesn’t mean life is faithless.

What does these mean for us?

That prayer does not need to be ‘holier than thou’ or reserved only for the most formal of occasions.

No. Pray can be candid, sincere and occur whenever. Talking to God like talking to a friend- even if it is angrily- is how honest we can (and dare I say should) be in our prayer lives.

So whether shouting  out in a massive cathedral, or just chatting at the foot of your bed, when you can be this open with your God, that relationship becomes more real.

 

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3 responses

  1. Great post. This reminds me of one of my favorite quotes from one of our mutual favorite books, The Year of Living Biblically; “The whole bible is the working out of the relationship between God and man. God is not a dictator barking out orders and demanding silent obedience. Were it so, there would be no relationship at all. No real relationship goes just one way.”

    Have you seen this? It’s another great portrayal of faith on tv. http://www.hulu.com/watch/416225#i0,p3,s1,d0

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