The first duty of Christian living is prayer.
The greatest privilege of Christian living is prayer.
The most sublime practice of Christian living is prayer.
The great hope for Christian living is in prayer.
And yet I do it so poorly.
God made us for communion with the divine, the human, and the world. This creative spark calls us to dialogue with each of the three, and yet we struggle connecting with each.
Prayer, communion with the divine, is the beginning of all else. It is only in this practice that we are enabled to live effectively with our brothers and sisters in the human community and with the glorious creation of God’s world.
And, yet, I struggle.
What passes for my prayer too often centers on me and not the Spirit in my presence. It becomes right when it draws me out of my center and into the Spirit. And in that Center, I begin to see myself.
Prayer is the first duty, the greatest privilege, the most sublime practice, and the great hope. We cling to it even when we struggle with it because in prayer we connect to Life itself.
I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power (Ephesians 1:17-19, NRSV).
(Public domain photo by Barbara Jackson, http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=113885&picture=prayer)