My life is a remarkably ordinary life, I imagine you might say your life is too. But what is it that you love to do? Something you know as truly yours, even if it is an activity which seems unimportant to anyone else, you know the value you put on it. Have you ever thought of it as prayer?
I’ve said before that writing, rewriting, praying and hearing from God are my happy place, so you can imagine my delight as I finished my writing one day, only to find I had a more-than-usually contented, well-fed, soul. I felt like I had been praying, a simple time with God, one of those times when you know you have done something real, been with him, and he loved it, and yet I had only been writing.
I pondered this while I waited for the kettle to boil to make a cup of tea, and remembered what the Apostle Paul said in Romans 12:1
‘Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.’
I was encouraged. I wasn’t imagining this sense of connectedness and pleasure, it was just as Paul said it could be.
This discovery is there to be made by all of us. Prayer is so much more than our words spoken out to God. Prayer is more defined by the alignment and tenderness of the heart than by the action of our lips.
In my case, I know God has often spoken to me about writing, so why would it surprise me that my doing just that would please him? I’m sure there must be many times I’ve missed out on knowing his pleasure simply because I haven’t connected the dots, and realised that this too, is what he enjoys.
Once this settled into my heart, I wanted to hold it close to me and savour the discovery. I know I’ve heard so many times about our bodies being living sacrifices, it isn’t news to me, nor I imagine is it news to you, but to find a thing is true for oneself is altogether more lovely than only having information, however true that information may be.
It matters that we know our simple tasks are significant, being confident of this is something we would benefit from incorporating into our lives. Most of us would say we’d enjoy a greater awareness of God with us; if only we got hold of the reality that his presence with us is constant, how might we then live? I suggest it would be with a greater simplicity, sense of contentment, and rather less anxiety.
If we take these words of Paul’s and apply them to our real-time, day-to-day rhythm of life, and do our ordinary work with awareness of his constant presence with us, we know we can bring that offering to our Papa and it will be taken as prayer and a gift of worship.