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The Car and the Prayer

Updated on December 18, 2019
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Cars and Praying

We just have this tradition to pray before we pull out of our parking place. Praying and cars should work. Praying and cars should be together. Prayers and cars should be ritualistic. I know our God hears us. It is a wonderful feeling. OK maybe God does not hear us. Maybe God is too busy. It could be that we just hear ourselves. Intentions that are good, a little extra love. It kind of makes us understand.

Now my wife totaled her car just the other day with our young son within. Horrible accident. A man and his bride pulled quickly over and carried my son quickly over to their car safely out of danger next to the freeway. My son is named after the great Archangel Gabriel. His Vietnamese name means “American Saint”. I do not know what “saints” look like. I do not know what an angel looks like.

But I do know what saintly and angelic actions look like. Beyond me. Kindness and love to a stranger or enemy is the best there is about good people. But perhaps just that moment of prayer makes a difference. Seems here to us it makes a difference. I think I have read that prayer of any sort is really good for our health. It obviously works around us.


Now that is an interesting concept. I am not sure I really understand it. It could be “harm to another”. Or maybe harm to many. Like a Forest Fire or earthquake I do figure. This is weird but I view death as passing on. Just a release from the body. Too much for me to comprehend I reckon. Wisdom is only granted through time maybe. But people do say my son was born wise. Not interfering with that has been one of my primary goals. It would be tragic I guess if I did.

Maybe tragedy is the blocking another’s or your growth. Could it be that tragedy is apathy? If we do not care, to me is tragic. Rudyard Kipling wrote to the effect that tragedy and triumph are impostors and the same. A little too heavy. Probably safe to assume that some pray to God but view God differently. Like mother earth or a great part of nature like a river. Totally reasonable to me.

There is this cool thing out of the Bible. And it proclaims that God is Love and Love is God. And if you know love then you know God. (1 John around 4 I think) So maybe in our car we just love. And that carries us through.

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Saying thank you in advance is kind of good idea. “Thank you for the help you are going to give me”. That is just a standard of mine. Maybe manipulative. I just now thought about that. But with strangers like sales people. It kind of sets a tone of mutual interest in success of some sort. In big deals I just start out with “thank you for meeting with me, I hope we can agree to somethings”. So I guess part of our car prayer is a thank you in advance. I just thought about that our family group hug in the morning is more about the future than the past. “Sweet dreams” which I say every night to my son along with “have a wonderful night and don’t let the bed bugs bite”. That goes along with a kiss on the forehead to check temperature.

Sometimes it seems that “I love you” is more about the future than at that moment. I think that taking a shower is a lot more about the day or night than about the shower. Maybe not in my case.

We talk about living in the moment. Well I pray for things in the past as grateful and thanksgiving. And I pray for good things to come. Don’t get me wrong here. In a moment I pray for both. And that moment is awesome. The time line continuum appears to be a trickster on us all. They say “do not live in the past” well good luck with that. Nice idea but what I do today is mostly from what I learned in the past.

So it comes to mind that the car prayer is present, past and future. My son was born in the past, lives in the present but I hope for him in the future. Thanks for the past, present and future is about right. Here is a cool turn of phrase; “I do not look forward to death but today I do not fear it as I have faith in the afterlife”. And that is taught to many in the past.

So the group hug prayers and the car prayers go on. How could it hurt.

God does not sit in white robes on a fancy chair. God is love and we pray that love carries us onword is in wellness of whatever sort.

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Now moving forward to the car prayers. I think that maybe they just make us feel better. Maybe they just make us feel safer. Maybe they are totally selfish. I am down with that. Sometimes we do things for totally selfish reasons. Heck my son and I buy blankets cheap from AMVETS to give to homeless. I think we do that more for ourselves than them. I just do not know that answer.

Even if we are praying for people we do not know, it could be just to make us feel better about ourselves. Doing it together with others makes me all happy inside.

When I was a preacher man I led congregation prayers. To say it was overwhelming and I always teared up would be an understatement. I wonder to myself if I did that just for me. Of course hugs and gratitude were always given along with the great feasts after service and Sunday school which I “taught” but really listened to the children. In my limited field of vision teaching is more about listening than talking. Listening to a car prayer is so much more valuable than giving one.

Could it be that prayer is just reaching out to what is good in life? I have studied this for decades – literally. And in my supplications I have gotten no answers. It becomes clear that the only proper prayer is just pouring out love. I give a hand out and a salute and thanks for those who serve our country. I have no idea where that came from. Could it be that is a prayer for them?

Now this is a very strange one. Stay with me please. Tragedy and prayer. (don’t care who to) Wake up calls. Now I am quite sure that many have faced death more than I. But I have had more than both hands worth. Don’t know why. But each time it makes me more appreciative of the day. That is crazy. It should make you more depressed. Kind of?

Wow, so that is a prayer not made but answered. Maybe high blood pressure seen, fantastic. Change your diet and life style. How great is that?

But perhaps that quiet moment of contemplation helps you to drive safer, no road rage and to not drive distracted.

I wonder if that might be a kind of signal for life. Slow down and think before you take on your path kind of thing. Maybe like Buddha or Christ sending out disciples. I look forward to 20 more years to figure that out. But each day there will be a prayer of gratitude.

Peace Be Upon You



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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Right on Audrey, I wish I were in Idylwild right now, I bet it is beautiful. Albeit a bit nippy. We don't say "drive safely" much any more we say "may God keep you safe". Don't really know how that started.

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      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Donna your comment is a treasure. Thank you. My wife got a new car and drove directly to her priest's home and got it blessed. I joked that why didn't she just ask him to do it from where he was. Reminded her of the Centurion. Prayer should always be a pleasure and remind us to be grateful

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      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Nell I think that those "little" prayers are all about that wonderful notion of "Pray unceasingly". My bad when talking to someone and praying and then having to say "sorry I missed that could you say it again?"

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      Nell Rose 

      15 months ago from England

      I am so glad your family are safe. I don't pray in a car as I don't drive. But I always give a little prayer when I get on my bike and ask for blessings and safety.

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      Donna Rayne 

      16 months ago from Sparks, Nevada

      Well, God does hear our prayers no matter where we pray them or how we pray them. He is never too busy to help us. I pray for my children to get to work safely and home safely, this pray is found in Deuteronomy 28:6.

      When I had a car, I anointed to be blessed so that we always arrive home safe and that others surrounding me while driving arrives safely home too.

      I loved your article, gave me a lot to think about and remember!

      All my best,

      Donna Rayne

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      Audrey Hunt 

      16 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I pray each time I get in or out of my car. I ask for protection, not just for myself, but for al the other drivers. The drive down the steep mountain, and back up again, is curvy and can be dangerous.

      I love this sermon Eric and thank you so very much.

      May your New Year be filled with peace, love, and all good stuff!


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      Eric Dierker 

      16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Right on Nithya. For me it is somewhat interesting.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      16 months ago from Dubai

      I am so glad that your wife and son are okay after the accident. I always say a prayer before I start the car; I believe that I will be safe always with a prayer.

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      Eric Dierker 

      16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      We have issues Manatita but we still do happy group hugs. Now we are praying my lady can drive soon. Sisters in Christ say not yet.

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      16 months ago from london

      I totally endorse your approach to the car and prayers. Guruji taught us to pray, in fact before any major undertaking: driving, flying, going to work … the idea is to ask God to protect you. If you still have a problem when you pray, then feel that it could have been a lot worse. We all have some sort of a shrine or picture in our various cars.

      Yesterday, I played the Angel Gabriel, so I'm happy for your son. Season of good will and all. So much Love around, bro! Great Hub! Merry Christmas!

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      Mel Carriere 

      16 months ago from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado

      Better start shopping, that prayer only goes so far in putting the goods under the tree. Happy Sunday!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mel, we are weird around here. We just did a prayer for our mail lady that she be safe in her cool truck. We just got a sleeping bag and gave it to the bodega, as they know who to give it to. Just another boring day.

      An ice cream cone from the Tastee Freeze(Korean) and now screen time. Some told me this was Christmas time? I better pay attention.

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      Mel Carriere 

      16 months ago from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado

      Hope you and your family are doing well after your tragedy, which could be triumph, or none of either, as you say. Wisdom will always prevail, in any case.

      I have been thinking about what you said about giving blankets to the homeless. Yes we do carry out acts of charity for ourselves, which is why we should also accept charity from others, and let them have their moment to shine.

      I have a buddy who will help you fix a car or give you a ride to work without hesitation, but he will not accept a favor in turn from anybody. Maybe this is pride, maybe it is selflessness, but I think it is wrong. We should be willing to give, but we should be also be willing to get, to help enhance the soul of the giver.

      What do you think preach? I yield to the weight of your wisdom on the topic.

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      Eric Dierker 

      16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill we were having too much fun last night. I told the boy he messed up. He told me that I messed up. Such is lights for Christmas. Some say we are late with Christmas lights. But we say "lower foot print"" .

      Taking them down will be a treat.

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      William Kovacic 

      16 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Some interesting stuff here, Eric. I do believe God hears every prayer of His children. The problem is not everyone is His child. When God answers, it is always for our best. That may not necessarily mean what we think is best - but what is best. There have been many times in the past my prayers were answered in ways I did not want, but looking back, every single time it was for my best. God is good. Have a great week, Buddy!

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      Eric Dierker 

      16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Devika. Too much of a tickle war here I apologize for the late hour of response.

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      Devika Primić 

      16 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Prayers never end and praying is helpful to me daily. A great thought here and not easily forgotten.

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      Eric Dierker 

      16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I had not thought of that before. We use Rosaries.Thank you.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      16 months ago from India

      I keep a small idol of Krishna in my car and always bow to Him before turning the ignition key. Krishna's presence makes me feel safe and secure during the journey..

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      Eric Dierker 

      16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Denise it is my pleasure when folks "push my buttons" these days. I just get to practice my love. How easy to love those who love your thoughts. Let us pump it up and love others who challenge us.

      You do not just talk the talk but walk the walk. Such a pleasure to have you as friend.

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      Denise McGill 

      16 months ago from Fresno CA

      I think car prayers are a very good idea for safety and peace of mind. If you knew there was someone watching out for you to keep you safe wouldn't that give you peace of mind? I think you are a very comforting soul. I have a friend who likes to argue with preachers by telling them she doesn't believe there is any difference in religions because they basically all teach love. She does this to see if they will get mad and yell. Most do. I laugh when she says that because I love her and I know she is trying to push my buttons. She would like you because she couldn't push your buttons either.



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      Eric Dierker 

      16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Pamela it just never ends. We had a ten person, group hug with kids tonight. My boy's boys and parents. 5 years of sharing birthdays and holidays and the like just bonds you. So different yet so loving. Some Tagalog, some Mexican, some Vietnamese and a bit of my English. We just go that way. (Oh and my Filipino stinks)

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      Eric Dierker 

      16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby we are off the charts here. More fun could not be had. Craft night after school, I think us parents had more fun. Great holiday coco and biscuits and too many games and an awesome Grinch for pictures.

      Gabe still in a health phase so home early but we could have stayed longer laughing. We refuse to do well here, we thrive.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      16 months ago from Sunny Florida

      We just returned from driving to TX and back. We prayed before each leg of the trip and got home safe. We will fly next time though, but we had several things to give the family this time.

      I like group hugs also. Love does seem to be the glue for the family. Tough times come and go, as do good times it seems.I know life has been tough for you at times lately but there is much on the plus side as well. Very good article, Eric!

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      Eric Dierker 

      16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda I made a wrong turn just yesterday and it turned out the correct turn would have put us in an hour traffic. God looks after fools.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      16 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank God for people who stop and help when there's a car wreck. I hope Gabe is ok. Thanks for reminding me to pray when I get into my car, I never thought to do that. Peace..

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      Linda Lum 

      16 months ago from Washington State, USA

      "For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways." Psalm 91:11.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      16 months ago from Washington DC

      Now you have made it clear why Gabe c catches on so easily, "Gabriel and American Saint” for a name didn't come from his human, it was sent through his parents to him. After all, God is within us per Luke's writings. That is why "people do say my son was born wise" and you are "not interfering with that has been one of my primary goals," you have your raising instructions coming from the God within you and your wife.

      As for MY prayer life, as I was walking out of the door leaving my wife to follow the instructions of Jesus I surrendered "every fiber of my existence" to God and asked for a mind to obey his instructions. Now my prayers are of thanksgiving and understanding of what I see. But about 4 months before I began crawling away from the world's life my car was acting up so I prayed that to keep it running until I terminated my job, August 6, 1976, and once I got home form work I was never able to get it to crank again, so I know the power of sincere prayer and not they are about giving thanks.

      May your words find the hearts they are meant for.

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      Eric Dierker 

      16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Bill I am there. I bet Bev and Maggie are great huggers. We refuse to do well here. And the group hug helps us thrive.

      In our Coastal Sonoran desert we need a few more days of dry. Mudslides and pollution into the ocean need Mother Nature to check first.

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      Bill Holland 

      16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I love group hugs...starting one now...squeeze in, buddy,, there's room for you....ready????

      I don't know about your guys, but we are about to get dumped on with some serious rain and flooding. Hold on tight and pray Saturday gets here quickly.

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      John Hansen 

      16 months ago from Queensland Australia

      With the unfortunate things that have happened with my vehicles over the last year and a half, I should be praying every time I get in one too. I prayed before we went on a 3000 km (6000km return) trip to Darwin....and we made it all the way and back fine...but the bus broke down two weeks later near home and is still off the road.

      Our other car blew a gearbox and we had to replace it with another vehicle. A little over a year ago our other vehicle was stolen and written off. But, we are blessed that we have been provided for in each instance, no one has been hurt and have never had to be without any vehicle. Thanks for the reminder.

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      Eric Dierker 

      16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      We do well I think.

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      Mary Norton 

      16 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks for the reminder. Sometimes, I forget to pray before I drive but it is a good practice. I hope your wife and son are alright now.


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