My father and mother are both remarkable people! Thinking about them regularly, reminds me to pray with and for them. They have done amazing things for me and my siblings, but they have also lived through situations I can’t even begin to fully describe here. Yet their joy and expression of hope is infectious. My dad is a brilliant man and loves to laugh, my mother is a brilliant woman who loves to sing and dance. I have had it said that there is nothing like a praying mother and rightful so. I would also add that there is nothing like prayer motivated parents. My parents were not always grounded in the Christian faith, but when they individually experienced encounters with Ruhanga (God in my mother tongue); my parents’ ‘saltiness of the earth’ went to even greater levels of a preserving love in our family, towards our relatives and friends.
Through my parents’ love, I learned to imagine how powerful Ruhanga’s love might be. I would then find out that the avenue of inquiry about the Creator’s love for human beings was through prayer. Common phrases I repeatedly heard from my parents where, “Ruhanga will help us” from my father and “let us ask Ruhanga for Ruhanga is the one who gives mercy” from my mother. They believe in Ruhanga who answers prayer. I know that my folks would agree with Morse who writes:
Through prayer, we experience forgiveness, guidance and peace. We are healed physically and emotional. We experience the mystery of God, see truth and receive spiritual gifts. We receive vision and courage for God’s mission. Faith becomes more beautiful, more real.
Prayer is one of the many lifelines to human life. I believe that prayer is as importance in daily life as breathing. Prayer is God’s idea. The understanding of prayer can be challenging if only understood from a conscious level. It is such a powerful idea that requires radical simplicity. Indeed Morse is right, when we pray, “we experience the mystery of God…” There are many things I love about the idea of prayer. At the top of my list of God’s prayer principles is the scripture that asserts; “this is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”
It is important to seek God’s will since praying according to God’s will guides one’s motives in prayer. Dwelling in God’s will, keeps followers of Christ joyful and prayerful with all kinds of prayer. Even in times of weakness and struggle the scriptures note: “in the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.”
What a powerful gift the idea of prayer is to humanity! I learned from my parents to value prayer and they showed me that desiring to pray is also praying. It’s in keeping with that tradition, that I continue to desire and ask Ruhanga to teach me how to pray a fresh as long as I have breath.
 MaryKate Morse, “A Guidebook to Prayer: Twenty-four ways to walk with God,” Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 2013, p. 14
 1 John 5:14
 Romans 8:26