From the Rector:
I’ve been a praying person since I became a Christian in 1974 and yet I still feel like a beginner. I’ve read hundreds of books on prayer, practiced many types of prayer (there are at least 12 styles of Christian prayer and probably more) and through it all I have struggled and wrestled with the practices. Sometimes my struggle has been with my ego. Other times my struggle has been with my image of who/what God is like.
Last week I shared that in my prayer experiences I have found some prayers that don’t work for me. If you missed it click here to read last week's article.
Today, here are some prayers that are working for me:
Alignment prayers: “God what are you doing in the world now? Speak your child is listening.”
Surrender prayers: “Thy will not mine be done.”When I need to let go of my need for control, or my desire to manipulate God or anyone else. This prayer is awesome.
Prayers of Gratitude: Thank you for the things I have been entrusted with, the things you have given me, the opportunities ahead, the blessings I have received, the small miracles I witness each day, your created beauty……….
Prayers of Empathy: When I enter into another person’s pain and know that God feels that pain too. When I enter into another person’s joy and can rejoice for them because I know that God has been the giver of that joy.
Prayers for Transformation: Listening to God for direction and then receiving a prompting to seek forgiveness, or offer forgiveness, to received love or to give love, to offer mercy or receive it. These promptings lead to transforming us more and more into the likeness of Jesus or if you like, are the way we spiritually grow.
Perhaps you might try a prayer experiment and apply the above prayers to your practice of daily prayer. Love to hear from you as to what you find, what you struggle with, etc.
Grace and Peace,