I remember walking with our friends in Southend-on-Sea. One of them was on the funfair, the other with us. Though only a few hundred yards away from each other, one rang the other on their mobile.
At the time, that seemed a shockingly extravagant thing to do. In my mind mobile calls were very expensive, and the precious minutes you had paid for were to be used for virtual emergencies only.
How things have changed! I wouldn’t hesitate to make such a phone call now. I know they are cheaper, but we accept the tariff for mobiles as a fact of everyday living. Our children can’t imagine life without a mobile device (they are not just ‘phones any more) – for them they have always existed.
Now think about people and prayer. For some, it is like it has not yet been invented. For others, it is a precious commodity, to be used only in the direst need. Still others, it is for opening, sending and receiving messages, then closing up again.
However, prayer is like a smartphone. You can chat on it. It receives pictures. It has Apps, like Healing, Wisdom, Forgiven, Cherished. It does new things as it is upgraded by the manufacturer.
When mobiles were first introduced, rather like electronic calculators, we avidly learned everything about them and practised the new tricks we could get up to.
We need to do that with prayer. Find others to play with. And I did intend to write play. But I do mean pray.
It’s by play we learn. So play and pray.