Saturday, March 29, 2014

Teach us to pray 22

Creative prayer

To read more about Creative prayer see Monday's post here.

Be someone else for a change

When Jesus saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 

Jesus saw the crowds, not just as a mass of people, but as individuals, harassed and helpless. Often we forget that those we see on the news or in the shops, or on the train on the commute to work are individuals, each with a story. Many will be carrying all sorts of burdens we will never know about. 

Today's suggestion is:
Either - find some pictures of people from a newspaper or online news site. 
Or - take some time just to sit in a place where there are a lot of people. Look at the strangers around you (don't stare intrusively, or they will probably have you arrested...!).

Whether you are looking at photos or real people, think about who they might be and what their lives might be like. Think about how they might be feeling and why. You won't know whether your guesses are right, of course, but think about what it would be like to live their lives and quietly pray for them.

Be aware of how this changes the way you feel about those people.

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