He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment. Colossians 1:17 (MSG)
Prayer is Living Connected – Live In the Movement Series – Part 4
Prayer is how you stay woke. Prayer is being awake and aware and alive to life happening all around you, within you, and through you: The Divine in all things and through all things.
When we talk about flow, it’s not some new age, woo-woo, out there concept. It’s the age-old practice of connecting our flesh and blood lives to the realm of the spirit: prayer. It flows in and out of our lives.
Prayer is not kneeling by your bed and confessing your sins and asking for all the things you want. It's communion, connection, and openness before God. But it also includes a third party, a trinitarian partner: true prayer is the openness between you, The Divine, and the very real things going on around you in life.
I believe that too often we use prayer to pacify our fears, even our hatred and bias’s; it gives our grievances a funnel to pour out of our lives. We also use it as a wish jar: we wrap our wishes and hopes and dreams in prayers and pop them in a jar labeled “God” and then we wait for our wish-jar-prayers to come true. We pray for things, against things, for blessings and openings, and closures and shutdowns. And seal it all in Jesus name as if those words play a special key to our prayers coming to pass.
But prayers rarely come to pass in a wish jar kind of way. Prayers are lived. It’s holding God in one hand, our lives in the other, and the space between with our bodies and breath.
It’s in the space between that prayer flows.
Prayer is forgiving and asking for forgiveness. It’s gratitude and acceptance. It’s asking for help and allowing others to help (that’s one bigger than we care to admit). It's also rage and grief and sadness. It’s the acknowledgment of pain and taking responsibility for healing. It’s about sharing our joy and success and bliss.
Prayer is the flow between our flesh and blood lives and the Divine God who started it all. It brings the two together. Like a door that’s wedged open; it allows movement between the two.
And yep, it includes words; it includes those desperate cries for help, breathless words of wonder and grace and praise, and even frustrated words about the actions and lives of others we don’t understand and wish would shut up (just being honest). But it also includes our living. Prayers are words that turn into hands and feet.
At the end of it, prayer is the awareness that God is here; God is in this, some way, somehow, and as we open our bodies, hearts, and spirits to love at work in our lives, we live out our prayers in action. It’s paying attention to the sacred, not somewhere out there, but deep inside us, around us, and through us.
“For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels—everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him. He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment.” Col 1:17 (MSG).
Prayer is living connected to the movement of God in all things and through all things.