“Lord, teach us to pray…” -John 11:1
Since I don’t remember going through it myself, it has been a fascinating exercise observing my children as they learn how to speak. Each of them begins with no clue whatsoever where to start – so they do the only thing they know how to do: they cry. Eventually those cries become sounds that represent something – usually, their best imitation of the sound they think represents their needs. The sounds become words, and once the words become sentences: look out, because many of us don’t stop communicating once we get started!
As I write this, my fourth child is making a great effort to copy the sounds he hears the rest of us saying in a desperate effort to make his wishes known to us. Sometimes these sounds make no sense at all – so he repeats them, louder and louder in hopes that we will figure it out… and when he gets through to us, the joy he feels is palpable. Eventually, he’ll find his words – and his voice – and he’ll be able to talk and listen as well as anyone else (and I look forward to that day – I still have no idea what he means 95% of the time.)
Learning to pray is not that much unlike learning to talk.Continue Reading