God Doesn't Have A Vending Machine | Have A Little Faith with Nadia Bolz-Weber
For God’s sake, just pray! Because, as Nadia Bolz-Weber reveals, our prayers are not just for us— our prayers are for all humanity.
[MUSIC PLAYING] NADIA BOLZ-WEBER: I used to think that prayer was like the quarter you put into God's vending machine so he would release the gumball you wanted. Like prayer is handing God some kind of wish list of everything you want, and if you're a good little boy or girl, then Santa, I mean, God, will make sure you get the presents. But now in my life, I mostly pray for my friends and family. And I pray for the pain and violence in this world. And I pray to not be an asshole. I can't say I'm good at it. But I do what I can.
Even though I'm not always sure how prayer works, I know that when someone says they're praying for me, it matters in some way. So I've started to think that our prayer is less how we get what we want and more how God gets what God wants because prayer isn't an individual sport. If anything, it's more of a relay race. It's what we do for each other and what we do for the world. When we pray, we hold ourselves and our loved ones and the world up to God. And then we pass it off for the next person to do the same.
And these prayers, these times when we mindfully hold others in the presence of God, are like gossamer threads connecting us to God and God's children. When we pray on another's behalf, we become connected to that person through God. And we become connected to God through that person because maybe these silken threads of prayer which connect us to God and to one another and even to our enemies are how God is stitching our broken humanity back together. So definitely pray without ceasing because God has work to do.