If this gorilla is really praying, I wonder what his request might be. Perhaps he is praying for a mate! Could he be praying for freedom from his zoo habitat? Maybe he is praying for something special for his next meal. It seems ludicrous that any animal would pray. Their needs are simple both physically and emotionally and there does not seem to be any awareness of a spiritual realm.
Today’s verse puts a finger on exactly what separates us from animals. An animal, even if one argued that he had a soul, does not yearn for the Lord. His heart and flesh do not cry out to the living God. The longing for a relationship with the God of the universe is something beyond their capacity. But for man, it is exactly why we were created. God Himself put the idea and longing for eternity in the human heart (Eccl. 3:11). We are made to cry out for Him in our innermost being. Even just one day in His presence is better than one thousand days elsewhere (verse 10).
The Lord fills and completes me. It is my communion with Him that enriches my very existence. When my relationship with Him is interrupted by my own wandering or indifference, it does not take long to sense that something is missing. Feeling that lack, I cry out to Him for reassurance that He is there and that He still loves me. He always answers. And somehow, I am more human when I am connected to my Creator. The yearning is satisfied and it is “well with my soul.”
Thank you Lord, for completing me.