“On Prayer: Keep It Short And Simple(KISS). (Rom.8:24-30).
“Speech was given to man to conceal his thoughts.”(Maurice deTalleyrand). This is to say no matter the degree of eloquence and length of a man’s speech, what lies within cannot be unravelled.
We are told that the world came into existence through God’s spoken word. However we cannot determine for certain the language that God used in creating; except it is that our attribution of speech to God is anthropomorphic.
That notwithstanding, God started a communication with humans through speech. However, language and eloquence seems not to be of prime importance to him. Before the introduction of sign language God listened to the dumb, understood their prayers and responded accordingly.
To this end Jesus says, when we pray we should not “keep on babbling like pagans for they think they will be heard because of many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him”(Mt.6:5-13).
We may say since God already knows what we need before we ask, there is no need for us to pray. It doesn’t work like that. Parents know what their children need, but they still listen to the children’s requests.
We can also decide not to pray because God has already planned everything and he is an unchanging God. Far from it, “God’s promises and threats are conditioned on human actions”(Cf. Her.18:7-10).
God does not change, but prayer causes him to change his mind(Cf.Ex.32:7-14). “Prayer” is translated into some African mother-tongues as, “greet God.” In a typical African set-up it is the child who greets a parent before the parent responds. A bond of intimacy is created and solidified through constant greetings. The more you greet somebody, the more that person softens towards you. This is the same way in which God softens towards us when we pray to him regularly.
Greetings are not lengthy. Jesus commands brevity in our prayers; in the same way it is said that, “brevity is the soul of wit.”
This life is a struggle in that the whole of creation has been groaning. As such hope is our anchor. In hope we ask God in prayer for what we do not have and wait for it patiently.
Infact,“we do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with his will.”
That is why no matter the hard times that may press on us, we are still overcomers! Yes, “we are more than conquerors! We do not doubt what we shall become, because “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Pray without ceasing, but “keep it short and simple(KISS)!” Do not make a public show of prayer. Above all, align your spirit with the Spirit to help you in your weakness.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, intercede for me when I do not know what I ought to pray for. Amen!
Have a blessed Sunday! Peace be with you!
Rev Babila Fochang