A person of faith prays. We all understand that prayer is an age old and essential part of being a person of faith. In some religious traditions it is clearly explained that there is ‘a way’ to pray, and they explain it to you. In the Christian tradition it’s not so strait forward, although in the Orthodox, Eastern and Roman Catholic Churches it’s a bit of blend. That means that I get asked a lot about ‘how to pray’. It doesn’t matter how old or young you are, the problem of praying will persist until you let go of some pre conceived notions.
To the first point, prayer is essential to the relationship with God. It is a conversation between God and you. It also matters that You and I are human, so it makes sense that our starting point is our humanness! That point is essential to ‘praying well’ and being present to the moment, to the encounter with God. We also have an individual identity and experience in life and that will affect how each of us prays. If we pray, we are more quickly and more likely to grow in faith and understanding.
So, what is prayer and where do we begin?
I’m such a mess, I just can’t talk to God…
Ok, I’m starting to understand, but…
Final thoughts before I go pray?
Fr. Blair Gaynes has been in the Diocese since 2008.