A few thoughts on Prayer …
Why do I pray ?
Deep silence leads us to realize that prayer is, above all, acceptance. When we pray, we stand with our hands open to the world. We know that God will become known to us in the nature around us, in people we meet, and in situations, we run into.
We trust that the world holds God’s secret within and we expect that secret to be shown to each of us. Prayer creates that openness in which God is given to us. Indeed, God wants to be admitted into the human heart, received with open hands, and loved with the same love with which we were created.
This openness however does not come simply to itself. It requires a confession that we are limited, dependent, weak, and even sinful. In each prayer, we profess that we are not God, nor want to be God, that we haven’t reached our goals yet, and that we’ll never reach it fully in this life, and that we must constantly stretch out our hands and wait for the gift of life. This attitude is difficult because it makes us vulnerable.
Meditations quoted from "WITH OPEN HANDS" , a book on prayer by Henri J. M. Nouwen.
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