Prayer, an adventure

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“An adventure? Now I don’t imagine anyone west of Bree would have any interest in adventures. Nasty, disturbing, uncomfortable thing…make you late for dinner. “

The words of Bilbo Baggins in the movie, THE HOBBIT, AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY carry uncertainty, opportunity, fear, excitement, the expected and the unexpected. And maybe a small smile.

I find prayer carries that sense of the expected and unexpected as well. Because in prayer, we don’t know what we’ll get. Yes, we trust God and look for answer to our prayers of intercession. But we also don’t know how or when or what the Father will do. His understanding and knowledge are far above us. In that way prayer is truly an adventure.

Are our prayers a request list?

Or the worship of an ultimate Creator?

Or the conversation of children with their beloved Father in heaven?

None of those is exclusive. More than our human parents, we look to a God who knows. We need trust in prayer in the face of mystery. 

We know a little but God just knows.

As Paul said,

For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”                                 1 Corinthians 13:12 NIV

When we pray we carry on conversation with the Father, Son and Spirit and we must be willing to trust. Willing to listen.

Always there will be mystery in prayer and a great adventure awaits.


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