Friday, March 07, 2014

Teach us to pray:3

Ready to pray...?

A place to pray

But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. Matthew 6.6

Jesus' instructions to his followers were that they should not imitate those who prayed loudly in public in order to impress others. That doesn't mean we can't pray publicly (otherwise we could never come to church) but it emphasizes that this is about a genuine relationship, which deserves private space, not about simply being seen to be doing something pious.

Creating a special place for prayer can be very helpful if you can manage it. It might be a corner of a room at home where you could put a comfortable chair and a picture that inspires you. It might be somewhere you can set up each time you come to pray, with a picture, perhaps, you carry around with you. You can always slip into church to pray too - Seal Church is normally open during the day time.  Or perhaps you have a favourite park bench where you can be undisturbed. It doesn't matter where it is, but it helps if there is somewhere that, when you go there, you know is your "prayer" place.

  • Where do you (or might you) pray?

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