Regarding Prayer

Regarding Prayer.  Over the years, I have been approached with countless great questions about prayer: What is prayer? How does prayer shape our lives? Why should we pray? Both verbally and through journal writing, I reflect on prayer based on experience, study, and what I learn daily and weekly from individual and corporate engagement with it.

Prayer is no more and no less than a conversation with God, whereby both parties must listen in order to respond. Not only what we say but what we do is prayer. One writer offers that primary is our primary speech. On our own, in small groups, during worship at St. Peter’s or wherever, in times of want or need, in all sorts of ways, we pray. (At least, we are invited to pray.) The Ash Wednesday invitation to observe a holy Lent calls for us to pray by bringing God increasingly into our awareness in thought, word, and deed. The annual invitation of this season dares us to observe the God within and to have God imprinted on our minds and lips and actions. Thus, we always are in conversation with God. Amid the variety of our daily diverse lives, we are invited to prayer.  In work, study, play, reading, exercise, travel, relationships, challenges, and thanksgivings, we are invited to engage the God who created us equally beautiful – in prayer.

On Sunday, March 10th during the 9:30 a.m. Rector’s Forum, St. Peter’s Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Coordinator, Anna Hurdle will reflect on “Praying through Lent like a Child.”  I look forward to learning more about prayer from our little ones.  Surely their voice and approach to prayer will teach us and bless our Lent.

The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector