Here are 5 pretty good reasons from prayerful people. . .
1. “Prayer deepens our intimacy with God and transforms us into our truest self, humbling us and creating us anew.”
Let us pray because . . .
2. “Prayer is the bridge between our conscious and unconscious lives.
“Often there is a large abyss between our thoughts, words, and actions, and the many images that emerge in our daydreams and night dreams. To pray is to connect these two sides of our lives by going to the place where God dwells.
“Prayer is ‘soul work” because our souls are those sacred centers where all is one and where God is with us in the most intimate way.”
We should pray because . . .
3. “[Prayer] is certainly not what TV Christians mean. It’s not for display purposes, like plastic sushi or neon. Prayer is private, even when we pray with others. It is communication from the heart to that which surpasses understanding. Let’s say it is communication from one’s heart to God. Or if that is too triggering or ludicrous a concept for you, to the Good, the force that is beyond our comprehension but that in our pain or supplication or relief we don’t need to define or have proof of or any established contact with. Let’s say it is what the Greeks called the Really Real, what lies within us, beyond the scrim of our values, positions, convictions, and wounds. Or let’s say it is a cry from deep within to Life or Love, with capital L’s.”
4. We pray because . . .
“The new life of the Spirit, to which Christians are called in the present age, is not a matter of sitting back and enjoying spiritual comforts in a private, relaxed, easygoing spirituality, but consists rather of the unending struggle in the mystery of prayer, the struggle to bring God’s wise, healing order into the world now, in implementation of the victory of the cross and anticipation of the final redemption.”
Because . . .
5. “God has created us to love and to be loved, and this is the beginning of prayer—-to know that He loves me, that I have been created for greater things.”Advertisements
Anne Lamott, Tom Wright & more on why we pray (Noon Wine)
February 2, 2016 by Rev. Paul McKay