15 years ago the 77’s put out an album titled Pray Naked. Wow did people go nuts but I think the problem was that they missed the point.
Thinking about what it is to have a relationship with God, what it is to live and move and have your being in Him, we often miss the point of what really works in relationship.
When are we the most vulnerable, when are we the most open, when are we the least able to guard ourselves. When do we show a person the most trust? Think about it most people are only willing to be naked with people that they trust, people they know are not going to broadcast that naked to the world.
When we are naked with someone we are telling them that they are important and that we trust them, we are giving them a lot of power. So why shouldn’t we be that way when we pray. Why is it so difficult for us to come to God with not just a list of wants and language that was last used on a regular basis in the 19th century? What is it about prayer that makes us think we have to dress up and change our personality.
I loved the song, still do, there were a lot of religious people who didn’t. I think we need to get to the point where we are willing to pray naked, where we are willing to really trust God when we pray, just like we trust the significant other that we were fist naked with or that we are naked with. We need to have the kind of trust that realizes God will not look down on us or make fun of us or breach the trust we have given him. He is not going to broadcast our prayers for the world to see or hear. He won’t tell the world our deepest darkest fears and pains, He wants us to be so comfortable talking to him that we just talk to him, like we would talk to a best friend.