The Ready Room: Prayer

Prayer means many things to many people.  Prayer in a simplistic form might just mean asking for things.  Those things could range from the mundane (a parking place) to the most serious (saving the life of a loved one in peril). Prayer can be seen as religious duty, as a way of centering oneself, as a form of listening, a way of seeking direction and wisdom.  Prayer has, in many traditions, been considered a way of preparing oneself.  If we enter into something called prayer, what is it that we are are preparing ourselves for? Are we preparing for the day, for a big event at work, for a family dynamic that we expect to be difficult or demanding?  Are we preparing for a life transition, changes in a job, a relationship, a move of house?  Here are some really helpful instructions for praying:

It doesn’t have to be 

the blue iris, it could be

weeds in a vacant lot, or a few

small stones; just

pay attention, then patch

a few words together and don’t try

to make them elaborate, this isn’t

a contest but the doorway

into thanks, and a silence in which

another voice may speak.*

Bob Patrick

*”Praying” by Mary Oliver, in Thirst

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