It seems a pretty standard trait of almost every church I’ve been a part of (including Upstream) that when it comes to praying in a group, we almost always ‘share’ what’s going on (talk about it) and then when everyone’s had a turn we pray about it.
I have often wondered if the ‘sharing’ isn’t actually the prayer and I have always felt a little weird telling God the stuff he just heard when he was present with us in the conversation.
Its almost as if we behave like he’s not in the room until we are officially praying.
And yet because of my long history of prayer in this form I would feel like I hadn’t ‘prayed’ if we just talked. Maybe this is something I need to unlearn?…
What do you think?