Prayer as the lifeblood of the soul - 3 July 2018

Hennie Symington

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 men.  … 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 6:7-8

Prayer is the ability we as God’s children have, to migrate from the earthly to the sacred, creating a shelter where God and man can meet to experience something of the unity between a father and his child. It’s a place where God speaks to his child and the child in turn shares with the Father the intimate details of his or her life.

Prayer is a two-way conversation where the supplicant brings before the Lord his deepest concerns and anxieties.

Prayer is our default language. The language of prayer should be so intimately interwoven in our thoughts that we are not always able to distinguish where it begins or ends.

When engaging in prayer, we enter to a virtual holy space. There is no need to search for God in holy places, on hilltops or in the desert. You will find God wherever you seek him. God is equally present and accessible in the hustle and bustle as he is in the holy spaces or mountain tops where we seek to find him. All you need to do, is to take the time to make prayer part of your coming in and going out.

Prayer: Oh Lord, how often we care for our bodies while becoming strangers to our souls. Let us seek you not in strange or remote places for you are nearer to us than our very own souls. Amen

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