My Pastor, Keith Sarver, is a man of prayer. If there is one theme that he has had in the 8 years I have known him it is prayer, getting alone with God. Nearly every Sunday in church he teaches us to pray by leading us together in the prayer that Jesus taught his disciple’s. We often call it the Lord’s prayer but it more accurately could be called the disciples prayer because it is a prayer that they are to pray to their Lord.
So why would Jesus teach us a prayer? Isn’t prayer supposed to be conversation? Do true conversations happen from a script? I want to say that the answer is no, but the more I think about it, maybe we do learn conversations by a script.
Think back to when you were a baby or at least think of babies you know. If left to themselves I wonder if babies would ever learn how to grow up and have conversations. They talk but not in a way that most of us will understand. “Goo goo ga ga blab glur gloop pffffffttt.” Parents begin working with their children, living the script before them, teaching them how to communicate. They go over words again and again teaching them to sound out them out. They read books again and again and again until somewhere along the way, words start forming and actual conversations, little by little, begin.
I think this is why Jesus teaches us words to pray. It’s how to start the conversation. It would do any people well to find a prayer book and to begin memorizing and reciting prayers that someone else wiser than them wrote to God. Prayer books like the book of Common prayer literally teach us things worth praying for and conversations worth having with our God. I know this is a short blog today but I just want to close it with one of the prayers I am learning to pray as a musicians from the book of common prayer. I learned it years ago, forgot about it, and am low learning to pray it again. I want this prayer to be written on my heart that God would help me to be faithful in all my musical and artistic endeavors. Let us pray.
17. For Church Musicians and Artists (Book of Common Prayer)
O God, whom saints and angels delight to worship in
heaven: Be ever present with your servants who seek through
art and music to perfect the praises offered by your people on
earth; and grant to them even now glimpses of your beauty,
and make them worthy at length to behold it unveiled for
evermore; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.