fast food / junk food / processed food
To “pray like a gourmet” is a nice idea…but admittedly, it is not easy to get to that point. One thing that holds back a lot of us back, is the fact that we are addicted to other not-so-healthy ways of praying, just as we are addicted to not-so-healthy ways of eating. We can’t quite find the banquet table because we satisfy ourselves with fast food, junk food and processed food. I think this is where a lot of us are stuck.
- Fast food – means that we rarely take the time necessary that allows the
divine relationship to develop. It’s all about quick-fix prayers, stop-gap prayers, slowing down to pray only when you absolutely have to. Like the counter-cultural Slow Food Movement we should rediscover what it means slow down occasionally and take the time to “taste and see that the Lord is good.” It takes time. It takes practice.
- Junk food means that there’s often very little substance to our prayers. They are self-centered – Not about others, not about God, but all about us. A lot of junk food is technically food because you can eat it, it has taste, it can be digested – but it may have zero nutritional benefit. If your prayer is all about you, have you really fed your soul…not very much.
- Processed food, means that many of us restrict prayer to devotional guides and written prayers that have been pre-packaged for us by someone else. Now, this can be a good way to get started and, I enjoy a well crafted written prayer from time to time, but a steady diet of this year after year can stunt your growth. You need to let go and experience creative prayer practices of your own.
Just as eating well physically takes some time and effort, so does eating well spiritually. That’s what the rest of this blog is about. I have some simple ideas about how to expand the number of courses to choose from when you sit down with the Almighty, as well as some practical
suggestions to make it more fun, engaging, creative, moving and profound.
If you’re ready to open the kitchen door and get to work, click on the above “MENU” tab and find a recipe in one of the various prayer categories available.