A recent article in The Christian Century makes the case that the first prayer in the Bible happens in the Garden of Eden. The human's response to God's question “Where are you?” is “I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid.” (Genesis 3:9-10)
A conversation with God, but not a request. A poignant prayer of brokenness, sadness, embarrassment. I was afraid. I was afraid that you would see all of me. I was afraid that I wasn't good enough, pure enough, that I wasn't “enough” to be in your presence, O God. It's a prayer that suggests human fumbles, too-late
I think these things are all still obstacles to our prayers, reasons why we don't pray more often. People are afraid that their prayers are not good enough, that conversation with God will show the real us, in all our
I had never thought of these words of “adam” as a prayer before. But, when we see prayer as conversing with God, then yes, this is a prayer. A very human prayer, that is still with us. We are afraid, and we hide. But God in love sees us anyway, and any way that we are, and still calls us “Beloved”. Whatever
conversation you need to have with God is good enough, and is enough.