Call Him In Prayer

After all these years, I still do not fully understand prayer. It's something of a mystery to me. But one real thing I know: When we are in desperate need, prayer springs naturally from our mouths and from the deepest level of our hearts. When we are scared out of our wits, when we are pushed beyond our limits, when we are pulled out of our comfort zones,  when our well-being is challenged and endangered, we  reflexively and involuntarily resort to prayer. "Help, Lord!" is our natural cry.

When we cannot help ourselves and call for help, when we do not like where we are and want out, when we don't like who we are and want a change, we use primal language, and this language becomes the very root language of prayer. Prayer starts in trouble, and it continues because we are always in trouble at some level or another. It requires no special preparation, no precise vocabulary, no appropriate posture. Prayer springs from us in the face of necessity and in time, becomes our habitual response to every issue, good and bad, we face in this life. What a special privilege it is to carry everything to God in prayer!

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