Prayer at Home (1)

 

 

Lockdown continues; there is no early end in sight. For those of us who are not on the front line, it’s gone quieter than in those manic, panicky first days. The house is tidier than it’s been, those cupboards have all been cleared out and the weeds defeated. What now?

   Not to be busy, not to have ‘things to do’, is challenging. What do we do with the time? Surf the net (and there’s a lot out there to keep us amused), go on Netflix, watch ‘the Yorkshire vet’ again? Or could these days be an opportunity to learn more of prayer? I read once that it would be a good thing if the church halted all projects and programmes for a season and learned afresh about prayer. This could be our gift to the world in these times, as well as gift to ourselves as we would learn more of what it means for the risen Lord to be present to us now. Perhaps learn a better balance between active service and quiet contemplation so that: we may be of use in this troubled world at the same time that we cultivate joyous intimacy with the Beloved who lives inside us.

  In his teaching on prayer, Jesus said: “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” (Matthew 6:5-6). We have every opportunity to pray in secret right now!

   Then we might hit the stumbling block of not knowing what to do. How do I pray in that mixture of praying for others and saying ‘I want to know you Jesus’? There are all sorts of suggestions out there and some on this website. However, can I invite you to dare to sit still in whatever is a good space for you, where you can relax. Invite the Holy Spirit to be with you and then offer this time to Jesus to be your teacher as he was to those first disciples. I find I don’t want to offer more suggestions than that.

   Ask him to help you. Then wait and see what happens. Don’t judge the time. It may feel boring, unproductive but let it be what it is. Dare to wait and see where it goes over time in these days.

  Email me on http://teamrector@stlaurencechurchmeasham.org.uk or ring me (01530 270354) , or Rick Tett on http://captrickt@hotmail.co.uki f you want to talk more about this praying effort and joy.

   Have a look at the Adrian Plass prayer on Rector's Ramblings for 29th April. Is that  a prayer you would  like to pray?