Path Words to the Holy: Prayer

GodReflection: Power Words

garyguarujaI place myself among the multitude of Christ followers who feel inadequate in the realm of prayer. I am no Martin Luther who wrote, “I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.”

While I struggle in my own prayer world, I see others who God seems to grace with the gift of prayer. The Prayer Pathway is their primary means of walking close to the Father.

The first time I noticed it was in college. I encountered a friend who was normal in every way—except one.  What caught my attention was the way he prayed. He was among those who pray without pretence.

He drew me into his public prayers. I readily walked with him syllable by syllable. I felt no need to glance at my watch when he led in prayer.

My college friend was not alone. He represents a worn pathway of many Christ followers.

prayer12Their public prayer is merely an extension of their private prayer life.They walk the Prayer Pathway.

Those on the prayer trail pursue the alignment of their own will with the will of the Father.

I thank God for their role in the kingdom. Their time on the Prayer Pathway in conversation with God directly affects my walk. They cover a lot of territory with God focused words. I yearn to be on their agenda when they approach the Father.

Here is what I think.

prayer16I want to hold in grateful esteem those who walk with such effortless ease the Prayer Pathway.

At the same time, I must refrain from discouragement with my own plodding prayer trek.

God gave me the language I use to converse with Him. He did not wire me to walk with ease the pathway of prayer. I suspect He smiles in appreciation as I struggle in my communication with Him. I don’t speak fluent God.

I praise God that in His gracious kindness He wired me to walk other pathways with Him where I am more at ease. They are more natural to our relationship.

Father God,

I thank you for those who find meaningful relationship with the Holy on the Prayer Pathway.

I want to imitate their priority of will alignment with the Godhead.prayer6

In my distinct wiring may I approach my own pathways with the same priority—to align my will with that of the Holy.

Whatever the assigned walk— as an artist, a builder, a thinker, a caregiver, an expressive, the intellectual, or the nature lover— may, the purpose along the trail be step-by-step will alignment with Father, Son, and Spirit.

It is in the name of the Godhead I pray,


Stay tuned.

Dr. Gary J. Sorrells – A GodReflection on Prayer as a Holy Path of Power.

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