I believe that those who say this would want to put Jesus first and foremost in their life and their Prayer and Worship all of the time is a way of expressing that. I have that aspiration to, but sadly I am sure that in common with many others I fail daily!!
I think that Karen's explanation of dedicating a the whole day to Jesus, from early morning with every thought, word or deed being in worship of him, is the standard to which I would like to reach. I hope and pray that one day, my humble attempts meet this standard.
Perhaps you might give us a view on what you might consider prayer to be!!
Yet we are told in the Gospel that we should pray to the Father.(Mat.6:6) We may pray in Jesus name, and it should be noted that in the PB this is the format used.
You ask me for to give what I consider prayer to be. Well firstly it is communion with God, and that is a two way thing.
I am not sure whether I have said it on these boards, I rather think I have somewhere on the *Place to talk* board, however I will say it here. I believe that we arrive at true prayer when, like Brother Lawrence and St Francis, and indeed many of the other saints, we are in perpetual communion with God 24/7/365.
This is a hard goal to achieve for many people, yet it is a natural progression for prayer. We start when we are young, kneeling by our beds murmering the Lords Prayer, and possibly asking for God to look after those close to us. As we grow in understanding this side of our prayer life becomes more formal, and we move into the liturgical prayer format. If we do not get stuck there, in otherwords if we become aware that there is more to prayer than repetitive recitations of the same prayers, we start asking questions about prayer and will be given the titles and authors of all kinds of books on prayer which we are told to read. Some will help us a little along the road, others will confuse us. At this point we can become so concentrated on trying to find out what prayer is that we stop progressing, maybe temporally, but for some it is a very long term block. I spent some years here.
Then I came across Brother Lawrence, who made prayer a continual action throughout his day. A lowly monk, he turned all his actions into prayer, whether it be tending the monastry's vegetable garden, chapel, study, or washing up in the kitchen. This idea fascinated me, and I tried it, but it seemed far beyond what I could achieve. Then I started on my journey with St. Francis, and learned how to see God's hand in all that was around me, and I learnt how to translate this into praise. That led me to recognise the real presence of God in my life, a closeness that I had never felt so vividly before, and with that came a communion with Him that was two way. I learnt to trust Him, I did not need to tell Him my needs, for He already knew them; this helped me know the difference between my real needs, and my wants. For years I had been wanting to know how to pray properly, when what I needed was just to let God into my daily life, to accept that He could be part of my *busyness*.
Thus I came to understand that if I trusted Him He would meet my needs, and a quiet thank you was all that was required. That does not mean that I left it all up to Him, often I had to seek His guidence when choosing a path. I had to listen, and I had to act. Sometimes such action was contrary to what I saw as my own interests, and on some occasions I had to suffer the disapproval of others. Yet in trusting Him each time such happened I found myself moving forward, when one door closed others opened. If I step through the wrong door it quickly is made apparrant, and I am offered another to move through.
I can't claim to be a perfect 24/7 practioner, but I sure am moving well along the road. Where worry once was I find God, thus already I find a peace that I never though would be for me. I must admit that part of the key I have found is rejecting possesions, not that I must not have any, but to recognise that possessions are transitory, and belong not to me but to Him. Thus if I am shown the need to pass on something I own, or translate it into money to help someone, or some creature, I can do so with no sense of loss or regret. And all this is part of continuous prayer, and can be found in the life of St. Francis.
I am sure I have not explained it well, but there it is, it is the life I lead. I still take part in formal liturgy, where I encourage people to stop and think about the words they are saying, where when I am taking a reading I open myself and let God read through me. As for praying for the needs of others all I can do is commend them to Him, for He alone knows their real needs. (I have long learnt the hard fact that in this world there is a prayer opposite to everything I may ask for others, I leave it to Him to decide who's side, if any, He is on,I just do as I am told, as Jesus prayed in Gethsemene, *not my will, but yours be done, Father*.)
(My appologies for typing/spelling errors, but me wee spell check ain't working.)
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