The spiritual life requires time for reflection and prayer, but sometimes we limit our understanding of prayer to what we say or do in a church, or in personal prayer. In fact, our whole being prays when we serve others. The first disciples understood leiturgia (Greek) as service or worship – the “work of the people” our prayer directed to God, was accomplished through serving others.
Prayer, then, is not only our petition but our response to the covenant of God’s love. We need to pray ALL ways and ALWAYS in gratitude for the gift of life. Through prayer we become more aware of our life in the Body of Christ. As we become more conscious of our connectedness, we realize there are many situations in the world for which we cannot physically serve to make a difference. But we can pray – for those in the midst of suffering, illness, tragedy, violence, poverty, and so many other needs. As we pray, our prayer is united with those of others through the Holy Spirit. Our solidarity in prayer requires that we not look away, but embrace the suffering of the world just as the Christ did. In truth, nothing can come between us and the love of Christ. Nothing.
What are the prayer moments, places, and practices that feed your soul?
The Five Loaves ™ 2015
Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. – Matthew 6: 9-10