Grace is one of the things we should pray for, says Yancey in his book Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference. Enjoy these words from page 280.
Grace descends as the gentle rain from heaven. It does not divide, does not rank. It floats like a cloud high in the sky, and the thirsty pray for it as desert nomads pray for rain.
Prayer for grace offers the chance for a deep healing, or at least a way to cope with what cannot be fixed.
I just read the last few pages of Philip Yancey’s book on Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? I have always enjoyed his books and this one was one of his best imho. Not so much new here but he is able to verbalize the questions that so many of us have about prayer. As is typical Yancey, he admits that he does not have all the answers and is willing to share where he is on his journey. Very quotable and as is also normal with Yancey for me, I now have another list of books to read.
My wife sent me a link on the Washington Post site to reactions on a statement about prayer that Sarah Palin made last week. As she said, very sad and revealing such a misunderstanding of prayer. I suspect that Palin was trying to express her own feelings of inadequacy in the light of what was before her and sought out someone who was like-minded and with whom she could trust to not quote her words in prayer. The reality is that most people are uncomfortble praying, especially out loud and in public. How odd that an expression of humility (I was desperate to pray) was turned into an expression of pride (no one else was good enough to pray with me)! The following quote from Yancey fits well here.
Indeed, any time spent in prayer seems wasted to someone who has other priorities than a relationship with God. For one who loves God, however, there is no more productive, or necessary act. 287