Christians and prayer are a strange combination. We are ones who trust in an omnipotent, all-loving God and yet believe in our ability to manipulate the system.
Even when He says no.
I often think about my son that died. He wasn’t technically my son, but he was still my son. It hurts so much still that he is gone.
I prayed the prayers, sang the songs, believed in God’s power to heal. But, he still died.
He is still gone.
So what good does it do to pray?
I believe that our prayers move the heart of God, that our approach to God calls out the armies of heaven on our behalf. I believe that amazing, miraculous things happen when we pray.
But wait! There’s more! (TV infomercial voice)
I can’t manipulate or coerce the Great God that I serve. Shoot, my attempts to manipulate and coerce my wife are failures at best. And she’s just a human.
But I can join Him. We can talk.
That’s why I like the imagery of waiting on a starry night. I come out of my house amd look to the sky and see a God who is so much bigger than me. He surrounds me. He surrounds my whole world, figuratively and literally.
And I look to Him. My eyes, my heart, my prayers are open.
More an act of rest, don’t you think?