Why I Pray ~ Guest Contributor, Kay Anthony
I have never been one who accepts everything without question. I always felt a need to think about it, sleep on it, and then come up with my own thoughts. So, when my Sunday School teachers told me that God always knows what’s in my heart, I needed to roll that around in my head for a while. My conclusion was that if God already knew what was in my heart, why should I pray? Kind of a waste of God’s time, wasn’t it? And actually, I figured they (read “my mother”) were telling me that so, out of fear of going to hell, I would keep my thoughts “pure.” Didn’t work!
So, when I attended the Lenten Wednesday night group on prayer, I asked that very question of my pastor. “Kendra, why should I pray if God already knows what’s in my heart?”
Her response was that that’s the way to have a personal relationship with God. Through prayer, I have come to know God as my friend, someone to whom I can tell everything. He already knows my thoughts, so I’m not going to get away with anything. But by bringing all this “stuff” to God in prayer, I am acknowledging that I also know what’s in my heart. I am aware of my failings, my doubts, my fears. It is easy to hide from myself, it is impossible to hide from Him.
Kay Anthony was born on a farm south of Fort Dodge, Iowa. her family lived only a quarter of a mile from their church, the Lundgren Evangelical United Brethern, a small country church that, on a good Sunday, might have 25 people in the congregation. But that was where her Christian values and beliefs first took root.
Years later, the EUB church merged with the Methodists, and they all became United Methodists. Kay has also been a Missouri Synod Lutheran, and even gave Southern Baptists a try.
Although her beliefs have changed drastically since then, that country church laid the foundation for who she is today, and for that she thanks God, her family, and her church, all 7 of them!