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All of the comments you wonderful peeps have added on the topic of prayer lean towards “listening” and guidance: one-on-one with our Lord and Father.
And as I sat here wondering about the “let us pray” of group gatherings – how this fitted into listening rather than reciting – how the list mentality works in “one-to-one guidance” – I saw a comment from Ruth: http://healingthoughtsblog.com/:
“I’ve read that bit in Luke many time, but I never really saw it. Thanks so much for helping me to let it ‘sink in’. I’ve been a Christian all my life (well, since I was six). Prayer to me is like water to a fish–I rarely notice it. But prayer is so special and so strange and so important. Thanks for helping me notice the water.”
And without warning, the words “All I need is the air that I breathe”: The Hollies, came to mind.
So I popped onto YouTube. And as I listened to that song from my younger days, I spotted another one by them: “He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother”.
Well … I LOVE that song! So I clicked “play” for fun and indulgence.
And as I luxuriated in the memories and ambience that very special music brings … the word “CONNECTION” drifted through my head. Connected … connection … connect … all connected … all one … all of this “bucket of dirt”. And He and I were one as we drifted together with the the words, the pictures, the harmonies … the memories.
CONNECTED. ALL CONNECTED. ALL OF THIS BUCKET OF DIRT. ALL PRAYING IN OUR OWN WAY. TOGETHER.
PRAYING … is not heavy.
The Hollies: “He ain’t heavy – he’s my brother”
That this praying malarkey – and in particular this “group praying conundrum” – this constant “listphobia” we present as a group time after time (after time!) to our God when we are together …
Just maybe – when all is said and done (without any full and complete understanding or consistency) … without anything remotely “universal” for any of us …
Just maybe that IS ALL this “group prayer malarkey is all about”: it simply connects us all. Connects us all together.
Connecting me … to you … and Him … and him … and her … and them … and Him … all of us … wherever and whoever we are. Connecting us all again and again. That the format / list / hearing / telling / asking / begging / conduit / awareness / individuality … is not what it’s all about.
Maybe it ain’t heavy at all – it was never intended to be “heavy” – or universal – or the same for all.
That corporate/group prayer simply connects us.
Thank you all