Art in Heaven 2018
St John’s Marlborough
Prayer is simple. When it boils it down to it, it’s really just the act of talking to God. However, there have been a lot of rules set up by people about what’s right and what’s wrong. Do we need to “assume the prayer position” when it’s time to talk to God? Should we be standing up or sitting down, or kneeling instead? Is it better to pray out loud or silently? Should our eyes be closed or open, hands folded or spread out? Are there certain words we should be using or places we should be in when praying? Is it better to pray in the morning or at night? Do we have to say “amen” at the end? Does it matter where you pray?
Does any of it even matter?
The truth is that is doesn’t matter where you are when you pray. Whether you’re in the Taj Mahal or star gazing on a hill, your god would be grateful that you made the effort (if all stories about him are true). This is what my spirited arts project is all about! God doesn’t care where or when or how we pray. He doesn’t care what position our bodies are in or if we’ve got our head, hands clasped, eyes shut. He doesn’t even care how you order your words, if you started with “Dear Jesus” or “Heavenly Father” or “Hey, God.” If you forget to say “amen” or if you fall asleep in the middle of a prayer at night, he is still going to hear you and know what’s in your heart because that’s his job; that’s why he’s worshiped and praised. The only thing that does matter is that you believe and speak from your heart.