“Don’t walk in front of me;
I may not follow.
Don’t walk behind me;
I may not lead. Just walk beside me
and be my friend.”
No longer do I call you servants, for the servant doesn’t know what his lord does. But I have called you friends,
for everything that I heard from my Father, I have made known to you.
In your prayer, how do you walk with Jesus? Do you see him as your teacher, your Rabbi, someone who always leads? Do you try your best to follow even though that path is filled with bumps and potholes? Sometimes I feel this way and it can be exhausting, always trying to be good enough, to catch up, to accept the path wherever it leads……
In your prayer, do you lead? Are you the one who tells Jesus what to do, how to do it and when it should be done? Do you know better what is good for your life and those around you? Do you sometimes tell him that he could have done things differently? Sometimes I do. Honestly, I don’t really embrace everything that comes my way. Sometimes, I have a better way, my turn to lead. And that is exhausting too. Why do I have to do it all? Why do I have to always make it right? Why do I always have to bend?
In your prayer, do you walk with Jesus, alongside Jesus, as you walk with a friend? Do you take the time to stop and appreciate all that is around you? Do you sometimes take his hand when the going gets tough? Do you pause to look at each other? Walking with a friend….I think I’ve just found a new definition of prayer.