The newness of prayer

My husband just returned from a trip out west. In Seattle, Washington, he boarded an airplane after 6 a.m. and was in Albany, New York before 6 p.m. Seattle clock time was 3 p.m.

A nine hour trip that took him 3,000 miles. Doug went from sixty degrees Fahrenheit to one degree. From flowering rhododendrons to shimmering frosty trees and three feet of snow on the ground. Kinda funny.

Two hundred years ago, this reality was  not experienced.

Today, people take travel excursions regularly and know to take a winter coat to wear over their shorts and t-shirt when they arrive at their destination.

When we are praying, take this disparity into account. Too often our prayers don’t work, or wander around aimlessly, because we are trying to repeat a prayer that was experienced yesterday. We are only taking into account what the physical senses say now.

Prayer is to experience the glorious ever-expressing God. Prayer is to be prepared for a God expressing more gloriousness, more life, more love, more truth.

I think the Buddhists glimpse the importance of “being quiet” in order to stop the interrupting human mind trying to direct our prayers. “A coat will only make you sweat,” says the human mind.

The Science, or knowledge of Christ, Love is directing our prayers and revealing the newness and beauty and balance we need today. It’s our right to experience the new.

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4 thoughts on “The newness of prayer

  1. visnow77 March 21, 2015 at 9:31 am Reply

    So true! It’s often frustrating not to have a formula to turn to, but you have given the wonderfully hopeful way to look at the need for ever-new insights.

    • Cheryl Petersen March 25, 2015 at 9:06 pm Reply

      We each express new insights though we may not notice, kinda like a child doesn’t know they are growing until their visiting Aunt sees them after half a year and is amazed with the increased wonderfulness.

  2. Anita March 22, 2015 at 9:10 am Reply

    “Prayer is to be prepared for a God expressing more gloriousness, more life, more love, more truth.” This thought is very helpful. I often find myself, at least unconsciously, feeling that there is nothing glorious in this present experience–as if it’s some kind of difficult school we must endure and that little of “glory” will be revealed here. I want to start looking for it and expecting it here and now. Thank you.

    • Cheryl Petersen March 25, 2015 at 9:03 pm Reply

      I know what you mean about this existence feeling like a school, however it is more. Once I realized “I was the prayer of God,” and glimpsed more life, more love, more truth. Thanks for commenting.

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