Posted by: ritagone | April 27, 2016

A Word About Prayer

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This year my morning devotion consists in part of readings –morning and night – through a book called “Celtic Daily Prayer,” which are prayers and readings compiled from the Northumbria Community in Northeastern England, with an introduction to the book by Richard J. Foster, who wrote the well-read classic “Celebration of Discipline,” among other great theological works. The life and rhythms of this community are so far from mine where I live in Westlake Village that I thought it might be interesting to taste and see how they worship and honor God each day throughout the year, and it has turned into a feast for my soul. Not sure I’d like to do this as a devotional every year, but for 365 days, at least, it has been a spiritual pleasure I will long remember.

So I thought I’d share with you one prayer that was especially meaningful to me, the devotional from yesterday evening. I include one of the scripture references which was included with the writing, and I hope you are blessed by it as much as I was.

 

 

 

“I love you, LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” – Psalm 18:1-2.

 

“Prayer is the cry of our hearts to God. So it must be something perfectly natural, perfectly genuine, the expression of the deepest things in our heart. It is not your lips that should speak, nor your mind, but your will. Your will manifested, spread out before your Father, true, naked, sincere, simple, and presented before Him by you. This is what prayer should be. This needs neither a long space of time nor many words, nor many thoughts. It varies: sometimes it will be longer, sometimes quite short, according as your heart’s desire prompts you.

Prayer, in the widest sense of the word, may be either a silent contemplation or one accompanied by words. The best prayer is the most loving prayer. The more it is laden with love, the more the soul holds itself tenderly and lovingly before its God, the more acceptable is that prayer.”

 

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Responses

  1. Great summation of the essence of prayer! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Thank you for sharing, Rita. The Lord has used “Celtic Daily Prayer” to broaden my experience and understanding of prayer. I appreciate this explanation of what prayer is.


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