Spring is here. It is a time of renewal. It is a time of new growth. It is also a wonderful time for us to be more intentional about prayer.
Prayer is that time in which we are in conversation with God. Prayer is not about saying just the right words or going through the right motions, rather prayer is about honestly sharing our concerns, celebrations, and lamentations with God. Being in prayer is being vulnerable and humble. It is about being open to the power of God. It is about joyful expectation.
Sometimes we laugh when we pray, sometimes there are tears when we pray. Sometimes we speak, sometimes we simply sigh. But at all times while in prayer we reach beyond ourselves to God whom, as my contextual education pastor once shared with me, “we deeply trust and desperately need.”
Importantly, prayer, no matter what form it takes, is a source of peace, hope, and trust. In other words, in prayer we lay our very souls in God’s hands that we may experience God’s presence and love.
Of course, as individuals and as community, through prayer we lift to God our concerns about justice, oppression, the poor, those in need, people who are ill or poor in spirit. Indeed, we do this each Sunday during worship during the “prayers of the people” or intercessory prayer.
Each Sunday we also offer prayers of thanksgiving. And we have much for which to be thankful. We thank God for our families, for our faith community, for our friends and neighbors. We thank God for the gifts that God so generously and abundantly showers upon us. We thank God, that by the power of the Holy Spirit, we are willing to share those gifts with others. We thank God for the opportunity to participate in Christ’s mission here at Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church.
You know, as I know, no matter what the circumstance or situation we find ourselves we can turn to God in prayer. It is truly good news that God will always be there for you and for me.
Christ’s Peace, Pastor Steve