From the Rector:
I want to share a few thoughts about prayer. This week I'll share what doesn’t work for me 47 years into my practice. Next week I’ll share a few things that seem to working today. Perhaps you would like to share your thoughts and experiences with me?
What isn’t working for me now.
1. Begging prayers; “God please rescue me (or my friend) who is in trouble.” In some ways this feels like I’m praying to a God who doesn’t know or doesn’t care about me or my friend.
2. Prayers that try to substitute for action: “God please bless that homeless person”
(and then we just drive by). Or “God please help the people facing hunger in________” (and then we don’t help by financially supporting aid organizations addressing the situation).
3. Wish list prayers: “God give me a new job, new care, new relationship……….” (ego prayers about what I want without concern for what God wants or what might be good for me.)
4. Prayer for those I identify with: “God please let the Dodgers win the World Series.”(Does God care only for the things I care for? Could it be possible that God cares about the Giants too?)
Confession: I have used them all and sometimes still do even though I know they don’t really work for me. Did I say I’m a beginner in prayer? Okay, enough of what doesn’t seem to work for me.
Next week I’ll share prayers that more and more work for me and prayers that I am committed to practice every day. As a teaser I’ll share a prayer from Morning and Evening Prayer that I think works:
Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen. BCP page 102.
Grace and Peace,