Yesterday at my cpe (chaplaincy) I gave the morning prayer. Each Monday and Thursday we hear the morning report and then the person who is to carry the pager for the day/night prays. Yesterday 8am-today 8am it was my turn. I took prayer requests and then prayed that God would bring comfort, protection, peace, and strength. I prayed that God would wrap his loving arms around each of us and show us that he is with us and that he cared.
In my group I have 3 unity people, 2 Catholics, 2 Lutherans, 1 Methodist, 1 Jew, 1 Presbyterian, 1 baptist, and 1 Muslim. So when I prayed I tried to keep all their different views in mind but I prayed like I usually would: to an active, caring, loving God.
Afterwards my supervisor couldn’t believe the way that I saw God. He told me repeatedly that he thought my view of God was pretty cool.
If you don’t see God as an active being/presence in your life how do you view God? How do you talk to God?
When I’m at home in my room I talk to God like a friend. Even now as I “sleep” in the on call room at the hospital, I have thanked God for the restful night sleep that I had no right to. I thanked him for the steady night. But I didn’t bow my head. I looked up and said thank you! When I’m chatting with God I do so with my eyes open. When I’m seeking guidance from God my eyes are closed but my head is up. When i’m asking something of God my head is bowed and my eyes are closed.
I’m not saying this is the right way to pray, I’m just saying that this is the way I have prayed since I was a kid. I’ve always thought that God loves when we talk with him and he cannot wait to hear our words aloud. God is an active presence in my life and I don’t know how you could view him differently.
If you do, I’m not saying that I’m right and you’re wrong, I’m just saying that I think you’re missing out. I can’t imagine a better relationship with God.