Fixing Our Eyes by JW Kaiser
Have you ever prayed for waves? Don’t be ashamed. We all have, even though it’s maybe pretty low on the list of important things we could pray about. What’s the deal with prayer anyhow? I have to admit that prayer is probably the single biggest mystery in my faith journey. Think about it. We close our eyes and talk to someone we can’t see. We think perhaps some of our prayers are answered and then other times we wonder if God hears our prayers at all. This is what I know for sure; Jesus prayed and many other leaders of our faith were committed to prayer and so maybe we should take their lead and pray, even if we don’t fully understand it.
A couple of the great minds in theology had similar thoughts about prayer. Soren Kierkegaard said, “Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.” CS Lewis offers a similar thought, “I don’t pray so that I can change God but so that God can change me.” What we pray directs our thoughts, emotions and even our posture toward God. When we surf we set our eyes toward where we want to go down the line of the wave. Prayer is similar.
What we pray and how we pray makes a big difference to how we pursue our faith. It sets our “eyes” toward The Lord or as the writer of Hebrews says, “Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith…” Hebrews 12:2
Is prayer a mystery? Yes; A beautiful, faith-enriching mystery, but we must pray to “fix our eyes.” Can you imagine surfing without focusing our eyes down the line to where we want to go? It wouldn’t work out well for us. Prayer, no matter how mysterious, is essential to growing in our faith. God uses these prayers to change us and I for one desire to be changed by the One who loves me the most! Let’s surf together. Let’s pursue Jesus together. Let’s pray together.