Let Us Pray: Laying Foundations

Read:  Genesis 15

The whole chapter is a prayer, revealed to be essentially a conversation between Abram and God.  That’s an insight worth noting in and of itself—prayer is “conversation with God,” and as such, it is carried out using ordinary language and by expressing real-life concerns.

But beyond that, this chapter also shows that sometimes prayer is about laying a foundation upon which many other things will be built.  Abram’s prayer to God for an heir, followed by God’s promise to give him descendents more numerous than the sands of the sea, is not about a transitory detail.  This is covenant.  Everything else onward builds on this reality.

Some of our prayers have to do with much more than “getting an answer” about this or that.  Some prayers lay a foundation.  We can use the Lord’s Prayer as an example.  It is more than a prayer to recite; it is a pattern for prayer itself.

Also, there are times when our “conversation with God” has to do with abiding and unchanging things.  For example, when we hear God say to us, “I will be your God and you will be my people”—-or—-“You are my beloved.”

So, remember—prayer is not exclusively for passing requests.  Prayer is sometimes a conversation which lays a foundation we can depend upon for the rest of our lives.

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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