Prayer is a funny thing. Not funny in the silly way, but in the curious way.
It’s this beautiful, desperate, fulfilling, frustrating mystery in which we have the opportunity – the scriptures teach – to communicate with the all-powerful, all-knowing, ever-present loving Creator of all things. And yet a lot of people treat it like jiggling pocket change in front of a Coke machine.
You put something in, you get what you want out.
I could be wrong, but I’m reasonably sure that’s not how it’s supposed to work.
Some people never pray. Some pray only when they experience a crisis or suddenly need God to act on their behalf (“Oh, God, help, I forgot to study for this test!” – and they say prayer isn’t allowed in schools). Some people pray all of the time, so much it just becomes more of a running conversation with the Almighty than a formal petition or request.
I’ve had my share of all three scenarios during my journey on the Way with Jesus. I think in times where I don’t pray as much has less to do with a lack of faith as it does a lack of creativity. I get tired of saying the same things over and over again (even if they are real and right and true). But I need prayer. Boy, do I. And I need to pray. I’m a parent, and you can’t get through this being-a-father thing without a heavy reliance on a Higher Power. So over time, I’ve learned to be imaginative, maybe even innovative, in my prayers to God. I doubt this makes God more attentive or willing to answer in my favor than He already is. But it sure makes my prayer life more fresh.
So here, in another installment of 13 lists for 2013, is a list of 13 prayers for parents. (If you’d like, I’d love for you to come up with one or more and add them to the comments section below. Thanks in advance!)