Hello, David here.
This week Rob reflected on what our hearts need and how prayer can be one way to open our heart to what God wants to do for us and more importantly, through us.
Sometimes it’s easy to be cynical, bitter and resentful. It’s easy to forget God and indulge yourself in a pity party. There’s another way that invites us into gratitude, trust and peace.
Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
“Teach us to pray!” The disciples had been watching Jesus for some time when they asked him this. They must have noticed his prayers had power; they worked.
Most people don’t actually see a lot of results when they pray; they get discouraged and come to some terrible conclusions about their spiritual life or God’s heart towards them. Honestly — some prayers work, others don’t, and there is a reason why.
Some prayers just happen, they are “the cry of the heart.” No training needed when it comes to this kind of prayer. We’ve uttered it thousands of times. Like when the phone rings and the bad news starts to spill and all you can do is say, “Oh my God”, your heart crying out to God. It’s a good kind of prayer, rising from the deep places in us, often unbidden, and always welcome.
But most people get stuck there, which is kind of like ending your education somewhere around the end of primary school. There is more.
Some questions for you:
1. What changes for you when you pray?
2. Where do you go and what happens when you come back?
3. Do you always need an answer?
4. Do you need a formula every day?
5. How can you pray without words?
6. What would happen if you just listened?
There is an element of prayer that requires us to just shut up, stop talking, put away the lists, drop the fancy religious language, and listen. God has so much to tell us and share with us if we would just be still.
Be still and know that I am God.
Be still and know that I am.
Be still and know.
Fr. Richard Rohr’s prayer comes from Psalm 46:10 of the Hebrew Scriptures: “Be still and know that I am God.”
Perhaps this is what prayer is all about – listening, being still, and less talk.
May you this week, my brothers and sisters, be still and listen, maybe you’ll hear what you need, maybe in the quietness you’ll gain the perspective you want, and maybe you will find yourself in prayer.