Prayer is a vital part of the Christian walk and when this is not so, the Christian appears to be heathen. Over the years I have heard, seen or practiced many different forms of prayer, positions of prayer, sounds of prayer, from a whispered prayer in the morning, to prayer being offered in deafening decibel’s. I suppose each have their place, especially if you can whisper soft enough or scream loud enough to have your prayers answered!
One of the best attitudes concerning prayer is one I recently came across. Philip Yancey said, “For me, prayer is not so much me setting out a shopping list of requests for God to consider as it is a way of 'keeping company with God.'”
The phrase, “Keeping company with God” really touched me.
There are numerous songs about walking with God, hand in hand with Jesus, in the garden, so you may get the idea that there is a longing in the human heart to spend some quality time with the Lord. Several paintings portray a man or woman emerging from darkness into a brightly lighted area, and Jesus has been walking with them through the dark. I love the concept of bursting into the light having walked through the dark times with Jesus right alongside.
John, who had walked closely with Jesus, wrote in 3 John 1:4, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”
Copyright © 2013 Larry Lilly
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