North Highland United Methodist Church
Friday, February 26, 2021
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
The Spiritual Discipline of PRAYER
In a recent article in SPIRITUALITY AND HEALTH, children asked a Rabbi questions about religion and faith. One of the questions was, “Why should I pray and what should I pray for?” The Rabbi answered with an explanation of how he prays.
“I pray to help open my mind to wisdom and my heart to compassion. The only thing I pray for is the ability to embrace life with courage, kindness, justice, creativity and love. This works for me. You will have to decide for yourself.”
Jesus, who was also a Rabbi *** was also asked, “How should we pray?”
Rabbi Jesus responded (Matthew 6:7ff): “ not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them for God knows what you need before you ask … Pray then in this way … Our Father … “
People often ask a pastor HOW to pray. What are the right words?
One practice of prayer is to PRAY the hymns. Make a list of several of your favorite hymns. When you find yourself at a loss for words to pray, pray the hymns. I believe every hymn is a prayer. Some of my favorites to pray are: ARE YE ABLE?, IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL, HERE I AM LORD, PEACE BE STILL and JESUS LOVES ME. What hymns do you pray?
Pastor Sheila
*** a few examples: Matthew 20:25, Mark 11:21, and John 6:25