Notes on Prayer

May 27, 2010

This morning, a piece of scrap paper fell out of one of my old journals.  I cannot remember what I was reading when I took these notes; however, I was moved by these words today, and I wanted to share them with you.  Thank you to the author who wrote them and spurred my note-taking and idea-jotting.  If only I could remember who you are!

  • Prayer is brutal honesty with God that sometimes involves wrestling. 
  • Jesus had a role- to be part of ongoing work of God in this world. 
  • Our role is to play in the ongoing creation of the world. 
  • Our posture towards life should be to “pray unceasingly”! 
  • We should ask ourselves
    • What is God up to now? 
    • How can I be part of it? 
  • Prayer is taping into the same energy that formed the world!!!

 As I continue to understand the profound power of prayer in my life, these above notes call forth something deep within me.  Prayer is where God through the Holy Spirit speaks to us and moves our hearts to transformation.  Prayer is where God roots ideas in us to go out and help co-create! 

Are we listening?
Are we praying unceasingly so we can be part of that same energy that formed the world? 

Becky is an Ignatian-trained spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and writer. She is the author of the Busy Lives and Restless Souls (March 2017, Loyola Press) and The Inner Chapel (April 2020, Loyola Press). She helps others create space to connect faith and everyday life through facilitating retreats and days of reflection, through writing, and through spiritual direction. With nearly twenty years of ministry experience within the Catholic Church, Becky seeks to help others discover God at work in the every day moments of people’s lives by utilizing St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises and the many gifts that our Catholic faith and Ignatian Spirituality provide.

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