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Whispers on the Wind

“Teach us to pray!” The disciples had been watching Jesus for some time when they asked him this. They must have noticed his prayers had power; they worked.

Most folks don’t actually see a lot of results when they pray; they get discouraged and come to some terrible conclusions about their spiritual life or God’s heart towards them. Honestly —some prayers work, others don’t, and there is a reason why.

imageSome prayers just happen, they are “the cry of the heart.” No training needed when it comes to this kind of prayer. We’ve uttered it thousands of times. Like when the phone rings and the bad news starts to spill and all you can do is say, Father…Father…Father, your heart crying out to God. It’s a good kind of prayer, rising from the deep places in us, often unbidden, always welcome to his loving ears.

But most people get stuck there, which is kind of like ending your education somewhere around the end of primary school. There is more.

The other kind of prayer is far more intentional, where we take up sword and shield and start making an impact through strong, determined prayer. We call this kind “the prayer of intervention.” Meaning we are intervening. Men and women were meant to rule the earth, and though we royally screwed up our first pass at that, God didn’t switch to Plan B. He intervened in and through Jesus of Nazareth to restore us as sons and daughters and put us back in the action. “Rule and subdue” is still the mandate. When we pray “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth,” we are acting as agents with God to bring about change, to enforce his Kingdom.

There is an element of prayer that requires us however to just stop talking, put away the lists, drop the fancy language, and listen. God has so much to tell us and share with us if we would just be still.

Be still and know that I am God.
Be still and know that I am.
Be still and know.
Be still.
Be.

Fr. Richard Rohr’s prayer comes from Psalm 46:10 of the Hebrew Scriptures: “Be still and know that I am God.”

Perhaps this is what prayer is all about – listening, being still, and less talk.

May you this week be still and listen, maybe you’ll hear what you need, maybe in the quietness you’ll gain the perspective you want, and maybe you will find yourself in prayer.

Whispers on the Wind

I’ve heard the devout prayers
Of the people
In the church
As they seek to impress

I’ve heard the lists of wants
Written in haste
Because I gave them
Everything they ever needed

I have heard the cries
And the voices that speak
Without ceasing and the
Ears that never listen

I’ve heard the anger and rage
The fists that shake
Their questions
That have no answers

When will I hear the quietness
The stillness and open heart
The waits and knows
That I am God

Trust that listens for my voice
On the whispers on the wind
Presence with an open heart
That only I can fill wholly

Each day I am crafting your purpose
And presenting you opportunities
Will you be still, have eyes to see
And step into life eternal

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