We’ve laid a foundation for questioning the instinctive assumptions we make about spirituality and prayer. So, I suggested that we’ve been tooling along for several generations now thinking that when we pray, we get God to do something. But, what if the assumption itself is inaccurate, or incomplete? God loves, and has created reality out of that love. You can tell that by looking at the birds, looking at the flowers... Jesus broached a new way of being w/ God when he spoke about breaking down the servant/master image (John 15). The quest for God-awareness sometimes leads us into seasons
Many of you have told me that prayer no longer has the same meaning to you it did at one time. Some have asked and asked and asked for something, and it hasn’t happened so they don’t ask any more. And doing this long enough, most fervent, most devout begin to weary, their faith in prayer begins to flag... Not ready to give up on God, many have given up on prayer. So I’m not suggesting these people should try harder. I’m not suggesting any of us should try harder at prayer. If our understanding of prayer has grown polluted
Coming to God in face of painful circumstances is a deep act of faith. Because these are heroic acts of spirituality… (and because we often need baby steps before heroic steps) To be successful in these new practices, we need to develop the spiritual pattern of coming to God as honestly as we can during those times that are not as demanding. There is something in this simple first movement of prayer that takes us to the center of ourselves. When we become immersed in our own identity we become candidates for the experience of God.
When we began the spiritual journey, many of us picked up some assumptions about prayer. Many find that “God-do-something” prayer grows empty after a while. Many people are not inclined to take ugly stuff before God. But to bring this stuff before God is a profoundly spiritual thing to do. But the first movement in prayer we’re talking about is to come to God honestly.