simple prayer brings the dawn

simple prayer brings the dawn

One of my favorite authors is Richard J. Foster, who has written Celebration of Discipline and Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home. It’s been several years since I read these books, but this morning, I found Prayer on one of my many bookshelves, and decided to get into it again. The first chapter is about Simple Prayer. Prayer for those of us who desperately need to learn or relearn to pray. Prayer for those who don’t even want to pray because we’re distracted, stubborn and self-centered.

Simple prayer is found throughout the Bible. Abraham prayed this way. Joseph, Joshua, David, Hannah, Gideon, Ruth, Peter, James, John, Paul… and many, many others. Ordinary people bringing their ordinary circumstances and concerns to a loving and compassionate Father. There is no pretense, no greater-than-you “holiness.” Just our own self, pouring out our hearts to the Lrod.

We don’t try to be something we’re not. We don’t pretend to be holier, purer or more saintly than we really are. We just begin in the present, in the moment, and perhaps only breathe a short simple thought to God. We can never outgrow this sort of prayer, because we never outgrow our simple, basic need of God.

There are many people around us that can’t wait to kick us when we’re down, to tell us when we’re wrong. But the Father is always willing to take time to hear us; he’s willing to take time and effort to help us. He’s willing and waiting to respond to those simple prayers, for only He knows our heart, really knows us.

Everything we have and everything we are are sheer gifts from God. Even the power to breathe a Simple Prayer.