by Christine Sine
I generally really feel that I am an absolute novice when it comes to prayer. You may say that Jesus teach me to pray is the quest of a lifetime. I enjoy the Lord’s Prayer but generally locate it inadequate in particular when faced with disaster or grief. I am continually seeking for new techniques to draw close to God in the midst of my discomfort and at times there are just no words to express what is resident in my heart.
A couple of weeks ago a close pal had a heart transplant. It was unexpected and devastating not just for the household but for all who enjoy her. How to pray? How to pray? How to lift the fears, anxieties and hopes in our hearts prior to God? Words seemed so inadequate.
Luckily a person else had the answer. At our subsequent neighborhood meal Hilary brought out some stunning heart shaped templates she downloaded from the world-wide-web and asked us to colour them. Even the youngsters had a go.
The evening was spent in silence, but as I looked at what we had made I believed “This is prayer – no words needed”
A couple of weeks later I spoke at my friend’s church. Heart shaped templates have been incorporated in the bulletin and persons colored even though I preached. It was a profoundly moving morning and at the finish of the service we collected about 100 hearts to send to the hospital. “This is prayer – no words required.”
When we confine our prayers to words we limit each the techniques that God has provided us to draw close and the techniques to express the discomfort, sorrow and even joy in our hearts. Prayer is meant to be an expression of all our senses. There are occasions for words, occasions to paint, occasions to touch and really feel and embrace. These are all prayers.
As I believed about this nowadays, I realized how surprising this expression of prayer was for me. Frequently speaking I do not like coloring. I generally paint rocks, create poetry, or doodle, but coloring is not my point. But in this moment of turmoil, tears and grief it was an significant way to express what was in my heart.
When was the final time you cried out to Jesus teach me to pray, becoming open to a fresh expression as opposed to your usual techniques of prayer? Is there a type of prayer that you have attempted but not located satisfying that you may like to experiment with once again? Have you restricted Jesus potential to speak to and by means of you since you have restricted your prayers to standard types that may possibly not express what is in your heart?
Prayerfully look at new possibilities for prayer. You may like to study by means of some of these articles from a previous Godspace series on prayer to assistance you. And if you have found other techniques to pray let us know. We all require to study from every other.
Lord Teach Us to Pray: The Quietest Prayer by Monette Chilson
Life As Prayer by Roy Goble
Twitturgies by Gerard Kelly
Lord Teach Us To Pray: Sailing More than the Sea of Affliction by Steve Wichkam
Conversations with my Granddaughter: On Prayer by Alex Tang
Lord Teach Us to Pray: St Columba’s Vigil by Greg Valerio
Lord Teach Us to Pray: Beholding Prayer by Preston Pouteaux
Lord Teach Us to Pray: Reimagining How We Pray by Lisa Hewitt – Day 1
Lord Teach Us to Pray: Reimagining How We Pray by Lisa Hewitt – Day two
Lord Teach Us to Pray: Reimagining How We Pray by Lisa Hewitt – Day three
Lord Teach Us to Pray: Knitting and Praying, by Christine Dutton
Monday Meditation: Starting the Week with Mindfulness – by Gene Anderson
Lord Teach Us to Pray: Why Pray? by James Prescott
Lord Teach Us to Pray: Prayer Poem by Postordinandy
Lord Teach Us to Pray: The Prayer Window by Kimberlee Conway Ireton
Lord Teach Us to Pray: Nothing at all to Say to God by Joy Wilson
Lord Teach Us to Pray: How I See The Lord’s Prayer by John C. O’Keefe
Unpacking the Lord’s Prayer.
A Blogger’s Lord’s Prayer by Andrew Jones
Lord Teach Us to Pray: Every day Walking, Speaking Prayer by Steve Wickham
Lord Teach Us to Pray: Prayer of Devotion, Prayer of Know-how, Prayer of Action, by Gene Anderson
Lord Teach Us to Pray: On Prayer by Ryan Harrison
Lord Teach Us to Pray: No cost Our Hearts by Paula Mitchell
Lord Teach Us to Pray: Breath Prayer by Lynne Baab
And the posts on prayer that I have added more than the summer season as I reflected on this series:
Thank You Lord For Hearing Me.
In Faith and Self-confidence I Breathe Freely
Let Us Need Nothing at all But God – A Prayer by St Francis of Assisi
Can We See The Face of God and Live?
Why Do We Hide From God?
The Radical Trust of Rest – A Feast for the Soul