Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Opus 2015-70: Do We Have a Prayer?

What is prayer?  What does it mean to pray?

I offer a simple definition:  Prayer is communicating with God.  Like many simple definitions the application gets more complex.

The popular conceptions of prayer take certain forms.

For most people the only prayer they come in contact with is done by a minister, from the pulpit.  Sometimes those prayers are written and carefully prepared ahead of time.  Sometimes they are reading prayers that have been written by others.  Then you have memorized prayers such as “Now I lay me down to sleep....”  And of course we have emergency pleas during a crisis.

I have participated in all those but I think that the most meaningful prayer is an offering made based on our personality and with a goal of communication. 

Some people are gregarious.  When they communicate with God they prattle on just like they would at lunch with a friend.  While it might drive the reticent crazy, God sees the heart and truly understands the mind.  He also has forever. 

I am more introspective.  When I am comfortable with someone I can sit for extended periods of time and say nothing.  I can just enjoy their presence.  I think of how it is when I visit my children.  Just being in the same house is a joy.  Watching them do what they need to do is satisfying.  Seeing them off to work is fulfilling.  At times we can get involved in long, intense discussions.  Other times we exchange a few words.  To me that is an example of how prayer works.

Since prayer is communication it also has a listening module.  I think of it as a conversation.  God speaks to me during prayer.  On rare occasions it is a very clear word or two.  Usually it is by impression or ideas that come to mind.  Sometimes it is a scripture that is remembered.  Like any message though, it requires listening.

This explains why Paul can say,
(1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJV)  Pray without ceasing.
Prayer is a constant awareness of God’s presence and care.

homo unius libri


  1. And then there's the "gimme" prayer, of which, I suppose we're all guilty at times.

    1. That is probably the most common.

      Grace and peace.


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