By Amy Norton
October 17, 2019 - 12:16am
When I was 3 or 4 years old and my mother was feeling particularly exasperated by her argumentative, persistent first-born, she would often sigh and say "God, give me patience." She later recounted to me one instance when she sighed in frustration...and then heard my little voice chime in, "Talk to God, mommy!"
Prayer is how we talk to God, and as anyone can tell you, communication is key to any healthy relationship, be it romantic, familial, platonic, or divine.
This Sunday's scripture reading from Luke's Gospel illustrates the idea of prayer as a constant, insistent, incessant conversation with God, using the example of a widow (a woman with zero power or social standing in her day and age) who ceaselessly appeals to a judge to hear her case until he finally gives in.
In a beautiful sermon on this parable, Barbara Brown Taylor writes, "She [the Persistent Widow] is willing to say what she wanted--out loud, day and night, over and over--whether she got it or not, because saying it was how she remembered who she was. It was how she remembered the shape of her heart". Prayer isn't about getting what we want, it isn't a wish list that we read aloud to God. It's relationship maintenance. It's keeping the lines of communication open. According to Taylor, we are to pray, "regardless of what comes of it, because the process itself gives you life. The process keeps you engaged with what matters most to you, so you do not lose heart." Prayer "keeps our hearts chasing after God's heart."
Join us on Sunday morning at 11am to dive deeper into this parable (and what it means for our prayer lives) together!
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