Every conquering temptation represents a new fund of moral energy. Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before. -William Butler Yeats
I haven’t posted an image I’ve created in a while. Here is the image for this week’s message. Most of the credit for this image should go to hidesy, a contributor on istockphoto. The muted colors of the photograph speak to the emptiness and need to refuel through prayer I was trying to portray. She entitled it “Desperate Hope” which is another good name. The addition of the fuel gauge and the text were easy after that.
As I was thinking about prayer and what happens when we pray, I ran across some good insights from Robert Schnase. In speaking about worship he writes,
“Perhaps only one third of the knowledge and wisdom to live meaningfully is reducible to and reachable by conscious, linear, rational thought…” from Forty Days of Fruitful Living
Only one third is reachable by conscious thought. So we can’t really see or analyze the affect of the other two-thirds. Interesting. I certainly think that is true for prayer, which is after all a part of worship. Sure, when we pray, we usually pray for something. We are about to make some big decisions for our church. So I have asked the church members to pray every day over the next forty days. And every day I try to give them something to pray for specifically. But in some ways that “something” is beside the point.
In prayer, we are connecting with the source of power and wisdom and love that will enable us to persevere whether the prayer is “answered” or not. In that way, every prayer is an answered prayer. And that is an encouraging thought.