“A Prayer to Jesus, 9-1-20,” by Andrew J. Schatkin
Eternal god Jesus Christ, you taught us to pray in the model and example of the lord’s prayer, yet we still do not perhaps know how to approach and know you truly and fully in prayer. We pray to you in the form and mode of a conversation where together we may come to know and share with each other. How then can we puny creatures converse with the mighty and eternal god who resides in the majesty of the precincts of heaven? How can we limited created beings converse with the omnipotent and omniscient god? The answer lies in god coming down to us and so deigning and condescending to engage us in mutual converse. Prayer is a conversation because god allows it to be such. He allows us to approach him in prayer and so in mystery we come to know god and ourselves as his creation. In prayer, in this conversation, we grow into the knowledge and image of god and grow into the persons and personhood we are meant to be and are capable of and have the potential to become. Prayer is both a command of the eternal god and Christ and is a voluntary action and choice. He commands prayer and we make this choice because in prayer we enter into the friendship and relationship god wants for us with him mutual friendship and mutual love and joy with and for the creature with the creator communication for eternity one with the other, never ceasing in intellectual growth and never ceasing in love and joy and never ceasing in spiritual and emotional growth. This communication in prayer has no temporal or earthly limit and is world without end.