Let Us Pray: Back to Basics

Even though the Fall is not reversed—even though sin remains and its consequences continue to wreak havoc on the earth—there is a noticeable return to prayer as conversation with God, like Adam and Eve had with God in the garden.

It’s found in the phrase attributed to both Enoch and Noah—they “walked with God” (Genesis 5:24 and 6:9).

This is the same image we started with in our exploration of prayer:  walking and talking with God.  Even though humanity is fallen, we are still able to “walk and talk” with God— we are still able to pray.

But there’s more.  The phrase “walked with God” means that prayer is more than words.  It is the entire disposition of the heart and the total deployment of the life.  We do not just “say” a prayer; we are a prayer.

Prayer is not defined by having a “Dear God” at the beginning and an “Amen” at the end.  Prayer is life devoted to God—walking with God. The call is to make our whole life a prayer—our entire “walk” one that glorifies God.

The garden may be gone, but the conversation continues.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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2 Responses to Let Us Pray: Back to Basics

  1. Ed says:

    This reminded me of the song sung by Keith Green called “Make my life a prayer to you”:

  2. walking and talking with God…. this is what I think of as relationship and reminds me of the last part of Micah 6:8.

    You wrote: “The call is to make our whole life a prayer—our entire “walk” one that glorifies God.” Herein lies the challenge. Especially the words “whole” and “entire”. Yet, we attempt, we strive.


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