Posted by Youth Pastor, Erich Wimberly. InsideOut Notes 4.16.08
We’ve been talking about prayer. In specific, prayer that focuses on God and who He is just so we can get to know Him more. Oftentimes, we might pray and read the Bible but still feel that something is missing. I like to think of prayer like I think of music. I love music, but I can’t play an instrument and I can’t sing very well either. Yet when it comes to prayer it’s like my heart is an instrument that can play music to the Lord.
Check out this jam session. Wouldn’t it be cool to pray like this!
I love watching musicians jam. What’s a jam? It’s when musicians start with a known song, chord, or melody, and then they begin to improvise. This means that they begin to make new and cool music spontaneously. How do they do that? If I were to pick up a guitar someone would have to teach me how to play just one chord, and still I would look like a goofball as I desperately would attempt to play that one chord. It would be pitiful. It would take a lot of practice. In order to jam musicians have to know how to play their instrument. Like as I’m typing right now, I don’t have to look at the keyboard or think about where the letters are. I just type my thoughts without thinking about how to do it. Yet I had to learn how to type. I actually took a typing class in middle school. In the same way musicians have to learn how to play their instruments so well that they can play what they feel without having to think about it.
Wouldn’t it be cool to pray like that?