Ramble for Kirwan Uniting Church Keeping in Touch newsletter 28 March 2021
I have a couple of problems with praying in a group or congregation (more than a couple, but these will do for the time being). Until I had a cochlear implant, I couldn’t hear if anyone else had started, or if they’d finished. So I opened my eyes, looked around, but even then I’d sometimes pray over someone who had started at the same time. And my dodgy balance means that I can’t close my eyes while I’m standing up, so I have to pray with my eyes open.
We’re all agreed that praying is a *good thing*. We should do it, and follow a bible reading plan, at least daily. But it’s not so easy, is it. The pace of modern life, family responsibilities, disillusion after apparently unanswered prayer, our own emotional state, all sorts of things get in the way, and all we can say is “This is too hard for me today, Lord, I can’t pray”. Or this is too hard for me all week, all year.
You know what? That’s a prayer. “This is too hard for me, Lord” is a prayer.
And if you think about it, it’s a psalm.