Lessons from Lyrics
I have heard it said somewhere that if we look at our prayers we learn a lot about our view of God. Many times the last thing we want to do is to look at how weak we are in certain areas. We focus on strengths and refuse to expose our deepest vulnerabilities. While I certainly identify with these feelings, I value growing closer to God more than I value my own comfort.
In many ways, we have been taught how to approach God. Whether through the reading of scripture or through witnessing our uncle or father pray at family functions, we learn how somewhere. What if revisit that concept of prayer in hopes of learning how to draw near to God? In verse one of Riley Clemmons' song Broken Prayers, we see perhaps the most accurate depiction of our prayers.
What if, for one moment we set aside these preconceived notions of prayer? What if we do not have to hold it all together when we pray? Does God really want canned, rigid postures of prayers? If God really is our Father as the Bible states, would we talk to our Father this way? I would venture to say God would rather us be broken and real than to hold it all together.
I do believe that certain situations call for certain types of prayers. I can completely identify with feeling awkward in front of a group while we address God the Father. If for only a moment, we set aside the prayers at holiday meals in favor of the everyday, in the trenches prayer, we might just see prayer for what it truly is. What if we saw prayer between a loving Heavenly Father and His broken, imperfect child?
Check out how Riley finishes out her song Broken Prayers. Next time you stop to pray, don't hold it together, feel free to lose it before your Heavenly Father.