Lenten Journey Day 18 – Imaginative Prayer

Imagination…just the word itself conjures up images in my mind. And I’ll be honest, when I hear “imagination” I often (9 times out of 10) think of WDW (Walt Disney World). I love going there, I feel like a kid again when I’m there. I loved the reading for today and how Lewis connects prayer and imagination together. He speaks of the use of imagery when we pray. Often when I hear a bible story or sermon on something specific I think of Sunday school classes when I was a kid. Our church used these preprinted cards to bring the bible stories to life. A few favorites were “Daniel in the lion’s den,” “Jonah and the whale,” and “Zacchaeus and the Sycamore tree!” We all have imaginations, some of us explore them more than others and we all express ourselves in many ways. We are all uniquely created by God and discover ways of surrendering ourselves to the imaginary of the Christian life. Each persons relationship with God is personal, we don’t all see God in the exact same way. Some people see God the strongest through nature, others through books, still others through the actions of others. Of course this is not a complete list, for myself I see and interact with God through a variety of activities. I have experienced God through conversations with coworkers, sometimes through direct discuss about the Bible and other times through their actions. I also experience God through friends while sharing meals and conversations, through bible study groups, church services, through children and their innocence and honesty. During the past year I’ve been trying to see and be the literal “hands and feet” of Jesus. Jesus did not spend every minute in the Temple, He was with sinners, the forgotten, the diseased, the poor, tax collectors and prostitutes. Jesus came to save the lost. I have also been participating with an online course of contemplative photography and photographers which has increased my creativity and imagination so much deeper level than I ever thought possible. I feel truly blessed to have the freedom and courage to share my thoughts through this medium of blogging and through photos and other hobbies I enjoy, I sincerely try to represent God and His love with my words and actions, it is only because of Him that I have this opportunity. We are only limited by ourselves, Jesus tells us in Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” When I arrived home from work today, I picked up my mail and I received a promotional in the mail from WDW, and the caption was “Imagination is Waiting!” I laughed and smiled at the timing of this small inconsequential piece of mail that God used to help me see Him more clearly. A clarifying moment for me that God is ever-present and with me always. And, the wonderful thing is He’s always present and available to EVERYONE! 

Mark 8:34-38 thru Mark 9:1 “And he said to them, “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.” Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

Psalm 91:1-8 “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.”

Quotes by C.S.Lewis “Letters to Malcolm”

“This act [creation], as it is for God, must always remain totally inconceivable to man. For we–even our poets and musicians and inventors–never, in the ultimate sense make. We only build. We always have materials to build from. All we can know about the act of creation must be derived from what we can gather about the relation of the creatures to their Creator.”

“A concentrated mind and a sitting body make for better prayer than a kneeling body and a mind half asleep.”

~Blessings and Peace~
Preparing for Easter by C.S.Lewis
Letter to Malcolm by C.S.Lewis
The C.S.Lewis Encyclopedia by Colin Duriez