Flat Sounding Prayers
Posted: Saturday, October 17
1 Timothy 2:1-15
Verse of the day:
I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. (1 Timothy 2:1)
My best lunch breaks play out like this… 12:00pm Sign out from church and drive home. 12:10pm Make a delicious sandwich—preferably turkey and muenster. Make a delicious soup—preferably Mama Noodles (the Thai version of Ramen Noodles). 12:20pm Eat lunch and swap stories.12:30pm Start searching for Ryder’s shoes. 12:40pm Find Ryder’s shoes, and load up the car. 12:50pm Pray with Ryder, drop him off at school, and head back to church.
I’ve recently been convicted about one of these habits (and no, it’s not the Mama Noodles). I feel like my prayers for Ryder have been running a little flat. It usually sounds like this…
“Lord, help Ryder to have a good day at school. Help him to be a good listener, and help him to not have to sit in the “Chill” chair. Help him to learn new things and to have a great day. AMEN!”
It doesn’t sound like I’m praying to God; it sounds like I’m talking to Ryder’s therapist. “Help this. Help that.” “Self-improvement. Blah, blah, blah.” I actually heard another parent’s school-day prayer recently. That experience encouraged me to expand my scope. In light of I Timothy 2:1, I think a Christ-centered prayer would sound a little more like this...