January 25, 2014
Who Says You Don't Know How to Pray? ~~ Donna Schaper
"After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, 'Follow me.' And he got up, left everything, and followed him." - Luke 5:27
Most of us find ourselves "Doing for God" instead of "Being with God." Few people follow the doers – and mobs go after those who have a sense of God within them. The doers sometimes have a repulsive sanctimony; the bee in us wants to know more about those who know how to be. We sense they are a flower who can feed us. Doers often say they don't have time to pray. Those who "be" can't stop praying.
Simone Weil said prayer is absolute unmixed attention. Robert Frost said a poem is a momentary stay against confusion. So is a prayer.
Prayer goes to the quiet corner of the party and listens. Prayer listens deep into our being inside of God's being.
John Quincy Adams said, on his deathbed, "I am composed." Why wait until then for composure? How about composure now, as it was in the beginning and will be in the end?
Who said you didn't know how to pray? Or better put, what would make somebody follow you, like Levi followed Jesus?
PRAYER: Teach us to be with you, O God, in such a way that we don't even really care about who follows, so much are we convinced that we are following you. Amen.