Prayer seems often to have become a sort of paralyzing extra step in Christian living, as if before doing anything (even anything godly) now we must take additional time to “pray about it.” But I read nothing of this in the life and ministry of Jesus nor how He taught and sent out His disciples. Rather, I see this vibrant life of prayer by which a human heart (including Jesus) is in union with the heart of the Father, thereby knowing more accurately the will of the Father, and by which the power of God is unleashed to be active in the world. This is convicting considering we sometimes judge the time we must take out to pray about a certain action as a sign of piety.

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