10th May 2012

Praying With Passion

As I wandered around a garden centre, I saw a plant that I liked and used to have, but it died a long time ago. It was a prayer plant—the leaves spread out and down in the light, and lift up and inwards in the dark. The leaves come out tightly curled up and uncurl when mostly emerged from the stem. However, the plant is still called a prayer plant no matter what position the leaves are in. 

It is the same in our lives. It does not matter what position we take, prayer is still prayer. What really matters is the passion we pray with. If we’re in a car that slips and slides on ice, facing a dangerous animal that charges, trapped in an earthquake, tornado, hurricane, how many of us would get down on our knees, raise our hands heavenwards and pray: “Dear Father, I’m in a bit of a tricky position right now. Do you think it would be possible for you do something about this?  In Your Son’s Name, Amen.” Somehow this prayer seems to lack urgency! 

Most of us would probably run from danger, or grip the steering wheel and with instant passion we would pray, “H-E-E-E-E-E-L-L-L-L-L-P-P-P-P”. The fact is that God would hear both prayers but the second would be imbued with a lot more heartfelt passion. 

King David for all his faults, and there were many, gave heartfelt prayers of repentance, of praise and of thanksgiving, and all of them were heard by God. The Psalms are full of David’s prayers.  At those times when words literally fail us, Psalm 38:8 says it all, “I am feeble and severely broken; I groan because of the turmoil of my heart.”  Even then, God hears all we have to say.

Dear Father, thank you for the gift of prayer. You always welcome our every supplication, whether it is in a moment of panic and urgency, or in a time of peace and quiet. How wonderful it is to have such a Father, one who desires to hear our innermost thoughts. In your Son’s name we give thanks.

Study by Rosemary Gent

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