Prayer is at the core of everything we do as Christians. We pray in many ways. We pray as individuals, as a couple, as a small group, large group and worldwide. There are many types of Prayer. The common prayer all Christians share is the Our Father. When Jesus was asked by His disciples to teach them how to pray as John the Baptist was doing with his followers, Jesus taught them to pray to Our Father.
Prayer is personal and in the Hebrew Bible Prayer is defined as an "evolving means of interacting with God, most frequently through a spontaneous, individual, unorganized form of petitioning and/or thanking.
Prayer may also be more structured and organized where two or more wish to pray the same prayer together.
While there are volumes of suggestions, books, and prayer formats, the most important part of prayer is simply to remember to invite God into everything you do, a constant conversation, an awareness of His presence from the time you wake up until the time you fall asleep. It is truly a better way to live, like having your very-best friend right beside you. You are never alone and you see life through an entirely different lens.
Matthew Kelly in his latest book I Heard God Laugh, describes his family friend (John), teaching him HOW to pray using a very simple way sometime referred to as mental or contemplative prayer. Kelly calls it the Prayer of the Heart – your heart speaking with God about whatever emerges in your soul.
Matthew 6:9-13 (English Standard Version)
9 Pray then like this:
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,
12 and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
"Nothing will change your life so completely, absolutely,
and forever like really learning how to pray!"
I Heard God Laugh
by Matthew Kelly www.dynamiccatholic.com
PRAYER - Personal
In Matthew Kelly's book I Heart God Laugh, he simply and beautifully explains how each of us can live a holy life of prayer. He teaches in only 111 pages, something I did not find in volumes of academic rhetoric, all day workshops, and bible study. I can truly say reading it has profoundly changed not just my prayer life but my entire life.
This book in conjunction with his other book, The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity, brings the holiness of becoming as saints into reach for all of us. He shares the intimacies of his faith journey with insight and offers simple ways for each of us to attain a world of spirituality that most people never experience...and it only takes one to ten minutes a day...only 10 minutes a day to do something that will change your life forever! Want to make an investment in eternity? Can you do it! Do you want it?
More than any other resource I can offer, I hope you will take the time to read this short yet powerful way to laugh with God. Try it for at least 21 days! You will not regret one minute! And then