Prayer… Some Understanding

Prayer is a vast topic, and I do not profess to be an expert in it at all. I simply want to bring some thoughts and observations to the topic of prayer that came to mind reading a devotional this morning. ( Dare to Journey -Henri Nouwen).

“The one who prays is not someone who is engaged in a flight from reality. It is not escapism. It is not wanting something magical to happen. It is not saying, ‘I am helpless and hopeless, and therefore I need God’s help.’ Prayer is nothing like that, or at least it shouldn’t be.

Prayer is self assertion, but not self realized. It is saying, ‘I need to live fully and purposefully. Therefore, I need wisdom, direction and encouragement from a source beyond myself.’ Prayer faces the real world, it does not deny it. The true practice of prayer brings our whole world, our struggles and issues into dialogue with the One who persistently loves us.

Prayer seeks for wisdom, not simply answers; courage, not simply help. It seeks for the strength and grace to persevere, not quick solutions.

Prayer means being true to yourself. It involves and acknowledges what is really happening to us… and wisely recognizes that we ourselves do not have all the answers. Prayer acknowledges our limitations, and fully embraces our current reality; it does not seek an alternate ethereal reality, because it knows the love and faithfulness of God.”

I don’t know about you, but prayer is an intimidating subject for me… because I don’t believe I do a great job at it. Reading this today gave me a deepened understanding and encouragement to press in. I hope it helps you as well.

BH/ Source: Henri Nouwen – Dare to Journey

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