Do you remember that Verizon commercial? Illustrating all the different locations where Verizon gets service? It was catchy, clever and certainly memorable. Sometimes I feel as though my prayer life is like a Verizon commercial! I need to pray for ___, and ____, or and don’t forget ___. Did I remember ____, oh and _____, and didn’t she ask for my prayers last week?????? So many people to pray for, so many needs, such a long list, I don’t want to forget anyone who asked for my prayers……yikes! Prayer is stressful!
St. Luke tells of a story of Jesus approaching a town called Naim. As he got near the gates he saw a man being carried out, the only son of a widowed mother. St. Luke tells it like this, “The Lord was moved with pity upon seeing her and said to her, “Do not cry.” Then he bid the dead man to get up and we all know the rest of the story.
Did you notice? The woman didn’t even have to ask…..’the Lord was moved with pity’.
Forget the lists, forget the proper posture, forget the formatted words and forget the timed prayer sessions.
Lift up your eyes, open your heart to Him and let Him heal. “The Lord was filled with compassion”….and she didn’t even have to ask!