Prayer is simply conversation between people and God. It can incorporate language for requests, praises and concerns, even frustrations and anger. I believe that we should not censor ourselves when we talk to God. Honesty is the key to any healthy relationship, especially with God. Prayer can also take the form of performance and creative arts; it need not be merely or only a language-based practice. There are also instances when believers can ache or wail their prayers to God. The Bible speaks of the Spirit interceding on our behalf to carry our prayers to the Father (Romans 8:26-27).

Prayer can and should be done both privately and publicly as well as corporately and individually. Christians are not superstitious in the sense that they do not recite mystical incantations to manipulate reality. Prayer is not a magical formula through which we force God to act. Neither is it like pulling a lever to get what we want. Rather, prayer is our conversation with God, one in which we talk openly and honestly with him. We may petition him to act and change things in our world, but he is not beholden to our perceived needs or wants. As we are free to act and communicate, God is free to act and communicate, but this is at his will, not ours.

Prayer is also a primary way that God brings us into his plans. It is not always that we seek his action/ reaction through our prayers, but also that he gets us to perceive his will and conform to his desires through our prayers. Prayer might seem like one-way communication on the surface, but God is not always silent. I affirm that he “speaks” to us through his Spirit, through circumstances and our own self-reflection. He also speaks to us through inspired works and words as well as our trustworthy Christian brothers and sisters.


About C_Lambeth

I currently live in the Pacific Northwest. I graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor's of Science and from George Fox Seminary (now Portland Seminary) with a Master's of Divinity. In addition to knowing Christ and helping others know him, I am passionate about peace, the environment, Christian feminism, justice for all (not just the wealthy) and being a lifelong learner. Please feel free to comment on any of the posts here or to suggest new posts altogether. Thank you for reading me! -CL
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