I like to color outside the lines.
I don’t like formulas or outlines. I rarely have a clue what will show up on a page when I sit down to write. My numbered lists (like the 15 things that will happen if you join the Thank You Revolution) usually start with an “X” in place of the number. I might have a general idea of the 4 things you can do to improve your presentations, but the final number is always a mystery.
So when I stumbled upon a “formula” for prayer that works for me, I was shocked. I think “prayer formulas” and other inventions of the church are ridiculous. The very word formula means, among other similar definitions:
a set form of words, as for stating or declaring something definitely or authoritatively, for indicating procedure to be followed, or for prescribed use on some ceremonial occasion.
any fixed or conventional method for doing something
a recipe or prescription:
Meh. Not exactly what I call a conversation, which is exactly what prayer should be.