"For it was You who formed my inward parts; You knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made." - Psalm 139:13-14
Prayer is more than talking and using fancy words. Prayer is more than telling God what God already knows. It’s more than offering a laundry list of all the problems in our family, community, and world. Prayer is also more than just telling God you’re sorry when you think (or know) that you’ve messed up.
Yes, these are important aspects of prayer. God invites us to share the burdens on our hearts. God wants us to confess our sins, but prayer is so much than this. At its core, prayer is turning our focus on God. Prayer is turning our eyes towards God’s face. Prayer is tuning our ears to God’s voice. Imagine your soul being like a sunflower. Prayer is pivoting yourself towards God so that your soul can receive God’s light – so that your soul can be warmed, strengthened, encouraged, and renewed. At its core, prayer is less about talking and more about REMEMBERING who God Is and, in doing so, REMEMBERING who we are. Mister Rogers understood this aspect of prayer. This is why he taught children every day to REMEMBER who they are Mister Rogers reminded each of us that we are special, precious and loved. In every one of his 895 episodes, Mister Rogers reminded children that they are loved and lovable, good and acceptable. He would say, “You make me happy – just by being you.” This stands in stark contrast to the message of our world, which defines us by our accolades and accomplishments and bank accounts. While the world looks for reasons to tear us down and diminish our value, Mister Rogers encouraged us to remember that we are precious to God. We are made fearfully and wonderfully. We are loved unconditionally. When is the last time you had anyone tell you – You are special, precious, loved? When is the last time you shared this message with someone else (spouse/sibling, son/daughter, co-worker/supervisor, mother/father)? Friends, as we start this new day, REMEMBER that you are special, precious, loved. ~ Pastor Caleb