Why pray

This morning’s Speaking to the Soul offering at the Episcopal Café

Does God need our prayers?
It is foolishness to Greeks, with their ideal sufficiency.
It is a stumbling block to our proud humility, and yet
isn’t it the nature of Love to desire some response,
some relationship, if only with a memory, if only
in another life?

Lord, you are in the midst of us, and we are called
by your Name.*
And if it is true that we learned this love from you,
what longing must abide in the heart of God?
How can we turn away, when love pursues us
with such glorious desire?

What is the point of prayer, if God has no need of it?
What its possibility, unless God desire us into speaking?

* From Jeremiah 14:9; Daily Devotion At the Close of Day, BCP 140

“The trouble with being a god is that you’ve got no one to pray to.” Terry Pratchett, Small Gods

About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing , and Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, both from Upper Room Books. She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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