Jesus is creative. Why wouldn’t He want our prayers to be creative?
- Posted on Nov 3, 2015
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7–8 (NIV)
I have started thinking that I am most likely a visual and kinetic prayer. If I try to pray with my eyes closed, I can count on falling asleep in two or three seconds. But if I put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard, my mind can stay focused, my prayers can flow like a small river of petitions sent heavenward. If I am walking and listening to music, prayers of thanks gather at my lips and fall out with each step.
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Weird, I know. But really, Jesus is creative. Why wouldn’t He want our prayers to be creative? Maybe He tires of hearing only bedside prayers so He made only a few of us able to pray when we are doing sprints on the track . . . or possibly there are some of us who can only focus on praying for others when we are holding their pictures in our hands—the touch and feel of the frame draws our thoughts toward Jesus. Maybe there are some of us who have to dance our prayers with leaps and deep pliés. (That one I will leave to my dancing friends.)
But I have started illustrating my prayers in my journal. Drawing pictures after different thoughts. Writing out Scriptures in bubble letters. It makes them come alive and, more than that, it seems to etch Jesus’s Word on my soul.
And that, I think, is the point of prayer after all. His words, His thoughts, His dreams written on our hearts and lived out in our lives.
Faith Step: Draw a picture of your favorite Scripture verse and pin it on your fridge so you can meditate on it throughout the day.