“If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25 ESV).
Prayer is our dance with God. We converse, and as we do, at times in harmony, at times in dissonance, we reveal our love or our disdain for our God. We embrace him as we bare our souls to him, revealing intimate secrets we rarely confess to another. We pull away, expressing frustration in our grief or disappointment. Other suitors vie to disrupt our dance. They distract us as they seek to woo us away. We return in joy, holding faith as our arm around God, hugging but not impeding his movements. We may want to lead the dance, but when we try, we step on our feet (and perhaps his?) with every step. When we move in step with his Spirit, the rhythm of holiness captures our imagination as we surrender our thoughts to the Lover of our soul.
God, our Savior, Your music entrances us. Your word persuades us to follow, and not to dictate to you. The stories of other dancers with you reveal to us your mastery of the rhythms of our world. You warn us which steps will cause us to stumble. We ignore your instruction and your guidance at our own peril. Give us more grace, that we may move in step with you, and understand better the discipline of this dance. In Jesus’ name, Amen.