Unlimited: Prayer Is Not Just Spending Time On Your Knees
Aug 13, 2021 667
Keep on Praying (Romans 12:12, NLT).
An objection to prayer that I encountered early in my life is that we think it means spending long hours on our knees. The great preacher, Spurgeon, said, “If that’s what prayer is, I couldn’t do it, even for the sake of eternity.”
I remember as a young, inexperienced student, going to the most saintly man in the college community. “Brother Bohringer,” I asked, “is prayer all about spending a long time on your knees?”
“Oh, no, son,” he answered. “Prayer is just talking to God, wherever you are, whatever you are doing. It’s not just about being on your knees.”
You don’t have to be on your knees to pray.
Of course, it is true that many of the great saints of history have spent long hours in prayer. But they were hours spent in meditation and the study of God’s word, and in crying out. One disciple of Saint Francis of Assisi listened all night long to the great man. All the disciple heard was Francis saying every now and again, “My God and my all. My God and my all.” That is a grand prayer.
Periods of prayer work both ways. We speak to God, God speaks to us, and we stop and think.
Prayer goes both ways. The person who is talking all the time never learns anything. That’s wasteful. – Des Ford (adapted)
Reflection: Make up your mind to pray during the whole day today. You don’t have to close your eyes or kneel down. Just be conscious of the presence of God throughout the day; speak to God in your mind about what you are doing, and the issues you are facing. Afterwards, reflect on what that experience was like.