Simple Prayer: Part 1
Updated: Jul 25
Have you ever stopped to think about What is Prayer? How would you answer that question?
Saint Augustine said that true, whole prayer is nothing but love. At its root, prayer is participation in a love relationship with God.
We may be tempted to think that prayer is complicated or even challenging when in fact, it’s meant to be a simple activity connecting us with God. It's not gritting our teeth or sweating drops of blood (although sometimes it can be) nor is it necessarily eloquent or filled with lofty theological ideas. It is simply having a conversation with our personally invested, triune God!
It is simply having a conversation with our personally invested, triune God!
Sometimes we may sit at the Father's feet, sometimes we may walk with Jesus, and sometimes we may just share in the intimate embrace of the Holy Spirit. One thing is certain, we are meant to be a people of prayer who interact with God in this way. This is because God desires to be near to us just as we grow in our desire to be near to Him.
We also pray so that we may be transformed. To pray is to be continually changed through our encounter with God. In fact, we can't help but be transformed as we enter repeatedly into His Holy presence.
we can't help but be transformed as we enter repeatedly into His Holy presence.
The transformation that takes place in us has three stages which are directional in nature. The first stage is inwardly focused as intimacy with the Spirit transforms us on the inside. The second stage is upward as we begin to be sanctified (made holy) by God the Father. The final stage is outward as we become motivated to participate in the ministry of the Son.
Richard Foster in his book Prayer suggests that this directional transformation is intentionally
instituted by God because without interior transformation the movement up into God's glory would overwhelm us and the movement out into ministry would destroy us. This week, spend some time thinking about the place that prayer occupies in your life and then think about the role it plays in transforming you into the image of Christ. Let’s all make prayer a significant part of our daily walk with God.