By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster

Frank Topping calls them “arrow prayers,” short one liners that shoot straight from our heart to the heart of God. Topping spent 30 years as a radio BBC radio host, and his program, “Pause for Thought,” sounds like a combination between Krista Tippett’s “On Being” podcast and Garrison Keilor’s “Writer’s Almanac.” His book simply called, “Daily Prayer” is prominent on my shelf these days.

In this arrow prayer, I love the symmetry of asking God to supply our great needs, and God being our greatest need. Our own needs—these days collectively all tuned toward an end to this pandemic, with our own specific needs varying depending on the way our lives are unfolding—all stand in relationship to the deep need for God’s wisdom, guidance, peace, presence, and embodiment of love. When we begin to define God as our greatest need, then maybe we begin to define our greatest needs differently too.

Let us pray:

Supply all my great needs,
O Lord and Master,
who is my greatest need.
—Daily Prayer, Frank Topping, b. 1937

Monday evening’s  Adult Education class, Anti-Racism has been recorded. If you missed it, want to review, or you’re curious about the class it is now available at our youtube channel under Adult Education Playlist.

Monday August 3, 7 p.m.: Christine Hides on “Raising White Kids” by Jennifer Harvey. For those who may not want to read an entire book, follow this link to Jennifer Harvey’s video appearances.