Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Saying Our Prayers

The problem with talking to people about prayer is that it can end up sounding so corny. It's embarrassing to say to people "Just say your prayers". You sound like a complete Christian sap. But it is so true!(I'm talking about the prayer bit not the sap bit.) If you've done some hard yards when it comes to prayer you know that it is important to say your prayers even when it is boring and nothing is happening. Why? Because our relationship with God is not at our convenience and need not play out how we think it should, or when we think it should. If you are not given the grace of the greatest prayer life in the history of Christianity, indeed, if 'nothing' ever happens, just keep going. In fact, according to the majority of the tradition, it is best to eschew the great moments for the more ordinary (and sublime) experience of humbly being before God.

Although, if you are thinking that your prayer life is 'boring' this might be a sign of something going on. But more on that in a couple of days.

1 comment:

Stephen James Bloor said...

I'm not sure how Prayer can be boring?

How can bring your concerns for life and the world to God be boring?

How can reading the Psalms be boring?

I think it would take work to make any of these things boring, unless we are forgetting what we are doing!