Thursday, November 28, 2013

I Am a Praying Type (PrayerLife)

Monroe County
It's Thanksgiving morning in Michigan. Snow is falling, perfectly and soundlessly and windlessly. 

It's beautiful.

The more I pray, the more I see things differently. I see creation differently. I see nature as a creation. I am an ancient cosmologist with eyes on the hands and mind of God. 

When I pray I see people differently. 

I see people as creative handiwork. I open my eyes while praying and heaven and earth have intersected, intradimensionally. This is common for people who have a prayer life. In the act of praying we gain transformational and eschatological vision.

Philip Yancey writes:

"With this new starting point for prayer, my perceptions change. I look at nature and see not only wildflowers and golden aspen trees but the signature of a grand artist. I look at human beings and see not only a “poor, bare, forked animal” but a person of eternal destiny made in God’s image. Thanksgiving and praise surge up as a natural response, not an obligation."
- Yancey, Prayer, Kindle Locations 383-386

Prayer is not some sad duty but a gaining of perspective. Prayer is an act of recalibration. 

Prayer is a creational response.

"Prayer, and only prayer, restores my vision to one that more resembles God’s. I awake from blindness to see that wealth lurks as a terrible danger, not a goal worth striving for; that value depends not on race or status but on the image of God every person bears; that no amount of effort to improve physical beauty has much relevance for the world beyond." (Yancey, Kindle Locations 391-394)

I pray as I type; I type as I pray. 

I am a praying type. 

As such, I see things differently.