The Way of Love: PRAY and WORSHIP
Our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry (the royal wedding preacher) invites everyone to come to know the love of God better by reflecting on seven main areas of our Christian lives. Here at Saint David’s, we will focus on one each week. Our focus for this week is on Prayer.
Background for Prayer: Jesus teaches us to come before God with humble hearts, boldly offering our thanksgivings and concerns to God or simply listening for God’s voice in our lives and in the world. Whether in thought, word, or deed, individually or corporately, when we pray we invite and dwell in God’s loving presence.
Reflection Questions: When do you feel closest to God during your day? What does “God’s loving presence” look like in your life? Or what could it look like?
In the story of the boy Samuel in 1 Samuel 3, Samuel confuses the voice of God with the voice of Eli. Have you ever mistaken God’s voice for someone else’s? Or, have you heard God through the words of others?
The Book of Psalms includes many psalms of thanksgiving, as well as psalms of lament. What changes when we can pour out all of our life, the good and the bad, to God?
What intentional prayer practices center you in God’s presence, so you can hear, speak, or simply dwell with God? How do you invite God to dwell in you? How can you foster silence and receptivity to God in your own life? What stands in the way of a more active and consistent prayer life? What are simple (or not-so-simple) changes you can make to be more present to God throughout your day?
Fr. Harvey Hill
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