Prayer in Practice



And this is the confidence that we have toward [God], that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have [received] the requests that we have asked of him.

1 John 5:14,15 (ESV)

Prayer is the deliberate act of the soul. It is true, full of grace and lasting, for it is united with and fixed into the will of our Lord by the inner working of the Holy Spirit.

~ from Revelations of Divine Love by Julian of Norwich

God delights in our prayer. Do not be discouraged. He hears you and knows your heart and your deepest desire. Shine, then, as His light in the darkness of the world. Be your brother’s hands and feet, be your sister’s pillow. God knows and will give you the desires of your heart because your will is aligned with His.

Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37:4

Immersed Deeply

‘Then you will be like leaven which must lose itself in the dough to make it rise.’
So I lose myself to find myself. The most glorious discovery I have made in recent months, years, however long it is… and I’m not saying I am there yet, is that if I lose myself to Christ, if I accept my nothingness, my will as scrawny and silly, if I submit to being subsumed by His will… and my will doesn’t matter any more… then I am filled with joy and peace and wholeness and abundance. My grain-of-sand littleness is absorbed in His universe-bigness and I don’t have to worry about rules, or about sin, or about doing the right thing. I am learning (I am by no means there yet) that to hand the reins of my life over to Him is not a sacrifice at all. It is the Upside Down Kingdom again. I don’t let go of my life; I am absorbed by Life ~ ζωή

Contemplative in the Mud

MagdeleineImmerse yourself deeply among people by sharing their life, by friendship and by love. Give yourself to them completely, like Jesus who came to serve and not to be served; you, too, become one with them. Then you will be like leaven which must lose itself in the dough to make it rise.
Little Sister Magdeleine (1898–1989)

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