By Joseph Diop
Copyright © 2004 Joseph Diop
1. I’m amazed that in these days
When the world is all awhirl,
We’re all aghast things go so fast
And hope, at least, to find some peace.
2. And we use the daily news
And go to the radio,
And we listen for a glisten
Of some good, if we just could.
3. So we scurry and we hurry
Just to maintain the stuff we claim,
While the fears that meet our ears
Give us belief there’s no relief.
4. But the true ear by which we hear
Is that part of our own heart
Where the word of God is heard
By the mind that takes the time.
5. So, to all who hear the call
And care enough to go to prayer,
They will find true peace of mind
From the minutes they spend in it.
PRAYER IS FUNDAMENTAL
The picture associated with today’s article shows one of my favorite postures of prayer. It is comfortable for my body, and it also expresses the humility, earnestness, and desperateness with which my heart approaches God. I call it, “Four on the Floor.” It was one of the prayer postures that was used by the prophet Elijah, described in 1Kings 18:42.
“And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees.”
Although, I like this posture for some of my formal sessions of prayer, the Holy Spirit does not at all restrict me to that bodily position. Prayer means “talking with God.” The most satisfying prayer therefore, is experienced by those who have established a PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP with God. And friends, make no mistake, that personal relationship with God is ONLY POSSIBLE with Him by and through JESUS Christ, the Lord and Savior of all men. Through Christ, we may not only address God, but God also carries on conversations with us. In other words, through Christ, we may chat, conference, and discuss with God, any and everything that may come across our hearts and minds: 24-7/365 – all day, every day, all along our way.
That prayer relationship may be fully experienced in any posture – standing, sitting, lying down, in the car, in the workplace, in a pool, in a gym – any way, anywhere. In this prayer, the temple is your body, and the connection medium is the born-again spirit of one who has been joined to God through Christ. Christ is that one and only connection media.
So, you see, I am not just talking about an outward ritual here. I am indeed talking about an intimate and internal, spiritual and holy friendship – a relationship of mutual love and knowing each other that runs the gambit of all life experiences. So, this kind of conversational relationship cannot be confined or contained by any one bodily position or ritual. No, no, no!!! This is the kind of togetherness of life and experience that is truly carried on by very close, dedicated, and intimate members of a family, like husband/wife, father/son, father/daughter, brother/sister, brother/brother, sister/sister, mother/daughter, mother/son, and true, lifelong best friend relationships. This is the kind of affair the Bible was talking about when it said, “Pray without ceasing” (1Thessalonians 5:17). In other words, “Let the intimate conversations between you and God never come to an end.” Amen.
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