If you’re like me, before signing up for a job you like to have an idea of what it’s gonna pay. We are results oriented people and we like to have an idea what it’s going to cost to get something or if its worth paying a price (money, time or energy) to get something desired. In fact I think this is the reason that we often don’t spend much time praying. It’s not easy to know up front what we are going to get out of it. What if prayer is less about getting what we want from God or about getting Him to act on our behalf but about spending time with Him? What if primarily it’s about allowing Him to slowly shape us and change our longings and desires to be more in tune with His? What if it takes so much time that it’s difficult to measure or see the difference? Would you still do it?
Mark Galli wrote a short article for Christianity Today magazine on his experience at Catalyst Confrence (Atlanta). What he said about prayer in the second half of the short article really resinated with me.
I’d love to hear what you think!