Prayer Is DifficultNew Every Morning | October 28, 2022
Prayer is difficult. It is not the techniques that are hard. … Rather the difficulty lies in following through on the commitment to pray in the face of distractions that bear down on us or pick at us like annoying bugs, driving us away from the presence of God.
Our task is made even more difficult by the most obvious fact about the divine, a fact children constantly point out to the distress of the adults at church: We cannot see God.
—Daniel Wolpert, Creating a Life with God: The Call of Ancient Prayer Practices (Upper Room Books, 2003)
How does knowing that Jesus is the visible image of an invisible God help you when you pray? Join the conversation.
Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation
—Colossians 1:15 (NLT)
Prayer for the Week
Our Father* in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen.
*Use whatever name for God you prefer, such as Creator, Sustainer, etc.
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Deepest condolences to Lou and her Mom on the passing of her brother and son. my wife passed before her Mom and was very tough. Prayers for God’s peace. Prayer’s for Julie as she cares for H, challenging times, thankful for a support group. God is with you. Great news that Jill’s Dad is having such a great time in Florida and grades are done. That’s always a good feeling. With three classes, your students get great attention. They are blessed to have that. Good news about Lewis slow but steady recovery and David’s PT progress, prayers for well-being in all forms and ways, Ally&David.
The older some people get the harder it is for them to pray when God isn’t seen. Children have imaginary friends, new to this world, it is perhaps easier for them to pray to an unseen God. Somehow I think is more powerful unseen. God is not limited to a form that can be, has to be seen.
Jesus gave us glimpses of God, the divine, being both divine and human. Only God could accomplish that.
Prayers for 3 year old Finn needing heart surgery and John waiting for a liver transplant. Thankful that ministry continues at CCUMC. Hope to regain the path that leads to the One who saves! Thank You, Lord.
I understand the concept that Jesus “has shown us God incarnate” but, I have never seen either. Jesus is not here and now so to me as unknowable as God from a human standpoint. We do not even agree on what he looked like. So it doesn’t help in that way. Saying that we know how he acted and talked shows us in concrete ways God I believe is denying the Old Testament which already showed us how God acts and talks and even what he thinks, as much as is humanly possible and he allowed.
I had the car in for its first scheduled maintenance and inspection yesterday. I had them take me to the grocery store which is just up the road and they were wonderful enough to pick me up and transfer all the bags into my car when we got back and the car was finished. I have had a very rocky start to the day with h. He continues to not comprehend why he cannot have contact with people who took $140,000 from him. He continues to chafe against my insistance no matter how many times I explain that they are now being criminally investigated over the scam.
Prayers for continued healing for Ally, David and Lewis. Prayers for Jill and her family. Prayers for Robert and the CCUMC, may all the members join in unity to embrace the necessary changes in order for the church to survive and thrive.
This entry resonates with me: staying faithful in the midst of distractions and discouragement. The concept of Jesus being the face of an invisible God is one that has not occurred to me. Jesus walked among us as God. We can know God through scripture and prayer. I realize I may be contradicting myself here, as I imagine Christ beside me as I pray. I suppose seeing Jesus as “one of us” , like the song, helps me understand that the Almighty “gets” our struggles. But like the Rich Mullins song, Hard To Get says, “do you who live in radiance, hear the prayers of those of us who live in skin?” Sometimes I have a hard time “getting” God’s ways. We look through the glass darkly.