In his wonderful book PRAYER: DOES IT MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE?, Philip Yancey noted that C.S. Lewis prayed every night for the people he was most tempted to hate, with Hitler, Stalin, and Mussolini leading the list. He remembered that Christ died for them and that he himself was not ‘so different from these ghastly creatures.’
This week we will talk about prayer. Paul calls us to pray for everyone (1 Timothy 2:1) but I have trouble praying for the “ghastly creatures” in my world. To be honest, I have trouble praying for the wonderful creatures in my life. Why is prayer so hard for me---and most of us? Lord, teach us to pray!