Thoughts on Prayer

934e0edf63ddebffeb7f07aa6200aa17 Here are some simple truths about prayer that are often overlooked:

"In the first place, we have to pay careful attention to the word of God as it is written in the holy scriptures… To take the holy scriptures and read them is the first thing we have to do to open ourselves up to God’s call…

"Secondly, we simply need quiet time in the presence of God… Being useless and silent in the presence of our God belongs to the core of all prayer…

"Contemplative reading of the holy scriptures and silent time in the presence of God belong closely together.  The word of God draws us into silence; silence makes us attentive to God’s word.  The word of God penetrates through the thick of human verbosity to the silent center of our herat; silence opens in us the space where the word can be heard." – Henri Nouwen, Reaching Out, 1975.

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