Saturday October 01, 2016
by Joan Webb
A Prayer for the Journey
Matthew 6:6-13: "But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen" (v.6).
"If we are halfway authentic in our searching, we must take time in silence -- in prayer and meditation. ...Our prayer...acknowledges our source of hope, expresses our true desire, unites us with the rest of humanity, and commits our willingness to God." This insight of Gerald May, in his book, Addiction and Grace, emphasizes the importance of prayer in our process of growing and changing. Jesus' prayer, recorded in Matthew 6:9-13, is a model for our own prayers. Jesus acknowledges the Father's power, admits humanity's need, and grants permission to make requests of an awesome God.
When we feel the strong pull to go back to our familiar, yet destructive habits we can ask God for strength and courage. When we panic because people and circumstances turn out opposite than the way we planned, we can turn to God in faith. Prayer is our connection to the God of the universe and an essential part of our daily journey.
I close the door to all that would distract me,
and come to you in heartfelt prayer.
Copyright Joan C. Webb
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