Song of Solomon 2:10 (MSG) My lover has arrived and he’s speaking to me! “Get up, my dear friend, fair and beautiful lover—come to me!
Prayer at its best “requires letting go into that relational free-fall that we call intimacy, giving ourselves fully and openly and vulnerably to God.” We cry out for Him, yet resist at the same time because we sense risk. “As long as we continue to reduce prayer to occasional piety we keep running away from the mystery of God’s love…we must learn to listen with attentive, undivided hearts to the inner movement of the Spirit of Jesus, even when that Spirit leads us to places we would rather not go—where we are not in control.” Depending on what our previous experiences with intimacy have been, relinquishing control can be difficult and seem impossible. But prayer leads to a beautiful exchange of divine life that empowers us, roots us in the peace of God, and centers us in courageous faith that does not depend on the approval of man and is not needy, weak, or timid, but confident in His love.