Pray as you can not as you can’t
by Karen Krige
We often think that we have to get things just right in order to pray,
to have the right motives;
to say the right words.
But we all come with mixed motives and with faltering words.
What is important is that we come,
because it is the act of coming –
of humbling ourselves and admitting we can’t,
of simply wanting to love and be loved,
with the hunger for more of God,
that is already praying itself.
We come just as we are,
warts and all
and bring to God the simple realities of our lives,
our concerns and cares
about little things as well as the big things.
It is in this simple coming to God
that we pray;
as we can
not as we can’t.
Jesus: “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. (Matthew 6:7-8 ESV)
Photograph by Karen Krige