"Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help, as I lift up my hands toward your Most Holy Place."
~ Psalm 28:2
One of the things about prayer is that sometimes when we pray it simply seems that nothing is happening. Recently while visiting friends in Manhattan, New York, one of the things they shared about living in the city that they loved was being able to go online and within two hours, someone was delivering it to their door. Our society seems to be driven by the need for an instant response, or instant gratification.
Our prayer life is not always about receiving an answer, or the response that we are hoping for, as soon as we proclaim, "Amen."
In fact, sometimes it is long time of reflection and meditation before we realize that the prayer has been answered. That's why it is so important to make prayer a part of your daily life. When you make it part of your daily life, and then you look back at what it is that you have been praying about, you suddenly realize that something HAS happened.
What is most close, most intimate, most present often cannot be experienced directly but only with a certain distance.
When I think I am only distracted, just wasting my time, something is happening too immediate for knowing, understanding, and experiencing. Only in retrospect do I realize that something very important has taken place.
The important things of our life often take great planning, and focused goals to achieve them. The same can be said about the things that we pray for.
When we pray, we are taking the initial steps of a journey. Reaching our destination comes from making the effort to take each step along the way. It is the same with the prayers that we share with God.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2019
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.