There is a sweetness underlying the profound power of prayer in this blog by my colleague from Indiana, Sharon Vincz Andrews. “Prayer: Like Driving by Moonlight” has some good ideas about how to make your daily prayers practical. This blog was first published on Medium.com on February 23, 2017.
Our recent supermoon made me think of driving down dark country roads near my parents’ home at Lake Lemon years ago. Sometimes the moon was so bright that we turned off the headlights. On a dark night, even with headlights, a driver can see only 150–500 feet ahead. But we don’t stop driving, do we? We don’t fear what might be ahead in the gloom. We trust the limited light to take us forward.
I think daily prayer is something like that.
A recent Gallup survey indicates that 55% of Americans say they pray daily, 79% say they have prayed for themselves when ill, and 87% for someone else who was in need of healing from an illness. These results fly in the face of what is often presented as increased secularization of daily life and the popular culture that says prayer is a waste of time — i.e. its just “doing nothing.” Or, the messages out there that say God doesn’t really exist, so of course prayer is useless.
When I pray, I affirm God’s goodness and Love. I embrace myself as God’s image and likeness. And then I say “no” to what appears as evil or limitation in life and in the world. I read the Bible, listening for new inspiration from the life of Jesus Christ. I study Bible interpretations such as Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, rejoicing in some new insight and comfort.