ALTHOUGH OUR LONGINGS AND DESIRES bring us to prayer, the purpose of prayer is not to get what we want. (Then God would be Santa Claus.) The purpose of prayer is to open our hearts to God. Like any loving relationship, the greatest pleasure is just being with the one you love. “God is love,” writes John in the New Testament, and for Christians, prayer is being in this love, having a relationship with the Presence of Love as encountered in Jesus Christ. Prayer, then, is an experience of opening our hearts to God’s love and allowing God’s love to enter all the worries, concerns, longings, and joys that we carry.
– Dorothy C. Bass and Don C. Richter
Way to Live
“Prayer” by Mark Yaconelli with Alexx Campbell. From page 280 of Way to Live: Christian Practices for Teens, edited by Dorothy C. Bass and Don C. Richter. Copyright © 2002 by Dorothy C. Bass and Don C. Richter. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Share with God your heart’s desire as you pray today. Share your thoughts.
Nathan said to David, “You are the man!”
2 Samuel 12:7, NRSV
This Week: pray for students starting back to school. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.
Did You Know?
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This week we remember: Ignatius of Loyola (July 31).
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