I’m currently reading A Prayer for Owen Meany.
I love my library copy. It’s soft and raggedy and well-used. Meaning, it’s been read again and again and again.
I’m on page 151.
I’m not sure yet what the title means. (No spoiler alerts, please.)
But this I know: we often pray FOR people.
- For their health to improve.
- For their challenges to be eased.
- For their spiritual life to flourish.
Sometimes our prayers are substitutes for our guilt. Guilt about not taking action to help improve their health or ease their challenges or grow their faith.
But other times our prayers are all we have to give.
And they are enough.
Because God has all to give.
But if God decides that he wants to give us?
We pray for ourselves to do more than pray.
And pray so much that we are soft and raggedy and well-used. Meaning, we’ve been prayed into love again and again and again.
Our three questions of the day:
(1) As a child, did someone in your family pray before meals?
(2) What do you usually thank God for?
(3) Who are you praying for this week?
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What are your answers? Please share in the comments.
(1) As a child, it was always my dad that prayed aloud before meals. As an adult, Jeff does most of the meal-praying, but I do some, too.
(3) For Morgan and Riley to stay healthy to come visit us this weekend. Very excited!
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They need help. We say, “I’ll be praying for you.” Is that enough?
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