Daily Prayer 365

Day 43
Thursday, October 13, 2022


[Jesus] said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” —Matthew 17:20

Prayer is like superstition in admitting that there are powers bigger than us, powers over which we exercise little or no control…. But faithful prayer differs from superstition in that it does not presume control. It petitions God, the power at the center of all that is, while it does not presume on God’s “answer” or response. Faithful prayer is habitual prayer, prayer that does not occur only in crisis and does not end when a crisis is resolved. Faithful prayer is part and parcel of an ongoing relationship, a lifelong conversation, a prolonged attempt not to control God but to discern God’s presence and activity in all that befalls us—the good and the bad, the desired and the undesirable. —Rodney Clapp, Christian Century, February 28, 2011 “Superstitious Prayers”

Place your power at the center of all that is O God, and hear this prolonged prayer of longing. Amen. —The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster

October 13, 2022

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