Your best Friend
What About Memorized Prayers?
There may be a place for memorized prayers, such as the "Lord's Prayer," a child's bedtime prayer, a child's mealtime prayer or something that you have found that expresses what is really in your heart. However, would your intelligence be insulted if your closest friends or relatives only talked to you in memorized speeches? How about an all-intelligent God who wants a personal relationship with his people? He wants us to talk to him out of our heart and out of our intellect.
I think that's a really good point! I tried to imagine my best friend calling me up and rather than updating me on her life or asking about mine, she just rattled off something she'd told me a million times before. Verbatim. What would happen to the friendship after a time? Wouldn't really go anywhere.
And God, Spirit, Love is our best friend. Do we trust Him enough to share our deepest hopes, our secret longings? Here's a well-known passage from Mary Baker Eddy (which I happen to have memorized!):
Desire is prayer; and no loss can occur from trusting God with our desires, that they may be moulded and exalted before they take form in words and in deeds.
Friendship is based on trust. To think of the Divine as a friend, then, there has to be a measure of trust there. Thinking of God as a evaluator or judge may make this difficult; thinking of Him as infinite, all-powerful Love who is entirely on your side and has got your back might make it easier. Thinking of Him as a Her might also sometimes help—not only as the Mother who comforts, but as the BFF (best friend forever) who is always there for you to listen and stand up.
So, once you've bonded with this Friend, it would be natural to bring your very life to the conversation. There's nothing you wouldn't tell this Friend. You've got no worry whether you'll be accepted, this Friend always loves you and backs you up. Not against other people, but against any evil that lurks around the edges of your life. And this Friend will fight to save you.
So tell Him/Her what's on your mind today. Just free form, no formula, no memorized phrases. Let Him/Her know what you really think, and see what He/She says back.
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