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Wow, how long has it been? Half a year? Life has got pretty busy for me in my last year of school, but I’ll try to still put some stuff online. Like this article I wrote for our school newspaper, which did looking at prayer from a secular perspective and a Christian one. So without further ado, here it is:
“Let’s pray.”, we hear each assembly, but not really much elsewhere. And I think that’s a shame. I hope you’ve read Rama’s article, as I believe everyone from all worldviews can benefit from the act of speaking out loud their thanks and worries.
But for Christians, praying has an extra element: who we talk to.
Firstly, it’s literally talking to God! I know I take this idea for granted for sure; according to the Bible, you couldn’t always talk to God so openly. God is too holy to be with sinful creatures like us without dealing with the sin first. But God still “loved the world” (John 3:16). He loved it so much that he would send his only Son Jesus to die, so that anyone who believes Jesus to be their Saviour and king is forgiven from their sin and starts an amazing eternal relationship with God now! Christians can talk to the God of heaven!
There’s certainly a therapeutic aspect to this. One striking place we see this in the Bible is in Psalm 6, where one verse, the author David writes to God “My eyes grow weak with sorrow; they fail because of all my foes” (Psalm 6:7), and the next declaring “Away from me, all you who do evil, for the Lord has heard my weeping” (Psalm 6:8), showing a sudden confidence. What has changed? Not the situation; he still has his enemies fighting against him. He just acknowledged he was small and couldn’t get himself out of the situation, but brought this problem to God and left it in the hands of the one who can. And by doing this, he got what is described as, “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding” (Phil. 4:7).
Secondly, 1 John 3:1 says “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are”. Once you are saved, you’re a child of God! And like a child, you don’t need to worry about seeming stupid. You can talk about anything, like thanking him for the flavours of a cake, saying sorry for getting impatient at your parents (make sure to also apologise to them letter) and crying out passionately. Nothing is too trivial for him to want to hear and we are in fact told to do it: “Cast ALL your anxieties on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7, emphasis mine). Take it from me: Sharing your worries to someone who loves you unconditionally and never gets burdened by them is amazing. And this is not even to mention the fact that as a Father, he loves to give his children gifts when they ask for it!
So, once again, I do hope will read Rama’s article and will enjoy the practice of prayer regardless of your worldview but let me invite you to get to know the amazing Christian God and all he adds to it! Let’s pray.
God bless you all!