Eighteen-ish years ago I sat in a Sunday school class and listened to Mr. Tague give a lesson on prayer.
I didn’t know boredom before that lesson. Really. The only thing I can honestly remember was hoping we could actually start a prayer so I could close my eyes for a short nap.
In those eighteen years a lot has happened… I left the church believing that I didn’t need God, I didn’t need his guidance, I didn’t need a relationship with him. I fell into some very destructive relationships, experienced a lot of heartache and pain, but I also received the incredible gift of motherhood.
A miracle happened with Elizabeth and Colm. God started speaking to me, he started whispering ‘they should know me’. He placed me in a job where I gained a lifetime friendship with a woman who introduced me to South Fellowship Church, the church I immediately knew was home.
Three weeks ago, our lead pastor Ryan Paulson started a new series titled “The Lords Prayer”. In about two seconds I was back in that Sunday school room wondering why an hour lasted 583 hours. Guess what though? Ryan is NOT Mr. Tague.
The following is 30-ish minutes of your life that will not miss.
When I was twelve years old, I had no idea what prayer meant. I didn’t understand the relationship I could have. Throughout my teen years and even throughout my twenties, I had no idea what prayer could be. Don’t get me wrong, I prayed, every time someone needed a prayer I shot one up to the sky. Even when I walked away from God I found myself praying through music that gripped my soul.
But I didn’t understand.
I understand a little bit now. There is still so much to discover but that is what’s incredible about my God, he is always teaching me.
The best lesson I’ve learned though, prayer is not an excuse for a short nap. It is literally a conversation, and an incredible one at that because it’s NOT about what I want. It’s about what he’s given, what he continues giving me, and what I can do for him.
That’s one heck of a relationship.