Today I was asked if I pray. Prayer means something very different for me than it once did. Once I deconstructed all the premises I had learned about prayer, I realized I could no longer continue with that view and practice of prayer. Ultimately for me, prayer became holding a deep desire for the liberation of another human being relative to their situation, and a willingness to aid that liberation in some tangible way. I came to see that this desire and willingness was a powerful force in the world.
I am also sometimes asked if I read the Bible. These days, not very often. For many years I read the Bible daily as a personal spiritual discipline. I also studied the Bible more academically through four years in seminary and a Master of Divinity degree. And then of course I taught the Bible several times a week for many years as the Senior Pastor of a church. Once I uncovered what I came to see as the message and meaning of Jesus, and the Bible as a whole, it sunk down into me, and became a part of who I am. But I don’t sit down and read the Bible as a regular practice. That doesn’t mean I don’t think people should. And it doesn’t rule out that I might read it more regularly in another season of life. I don’t think there is a right or wrong answer to how people relate to the Bible or how they choose to incorporate it into their lives.