What is prayer? Of course, it is talking to God. It is also listening to God. We could even say it is a conversation with God. But it is, or at least should be, much more.
For most of us most of the time, it should be who sits on the throne of our lives. When we pray, we acknowledge that someone, or some force, is more powerful than we are. Someone is better equipped to handle things than we are. We are more dependent on someone else than on our own abilities.
We are saying, "God we need help. We can't do this on our own."
When Bill Brown called to remind me that I needed to write an article for Higher Ground, my mind went blank. It wasn't that I couldn't think of anything appropriate. I couldn't think period!
So, I prayed, or at least tried to. Then the thought came to me: You haven't done your daily devotion yet today.
When I opened my devotion guide, the subject for the day was prayer. Coincidence? No, I don't think so. It reminded me that, most of all, prayer is the admission that we can't "go it alone.” Only God has all the answers.
He has us just where He wants us, on our knees. Try it; you'll like it.
Because He lives.
Phillips writes from North Collins, N.Y. He is a past board member of Fellowship of Christian Farmers International.