Chris' Corner: How do you Pray?

How do you Pray?

Let me begin this by saying that I get the feeling that "Prayer" seems to be out of the limelight and in the shadows at the present time.  It seems to me, that for the last generation or two, our governments and the media has taken huge steps to keep faith out of the mainstream.

I remember my father telling me that sometimes people tend to forget God in the "good times", and fall back on God during trials and times of despair.  My personal faith has not always been steady.  There have been ebbs and flows, peaks and valleys.

I know that Helen and I feel we can and should be doing a better job of embedding a strong foundation of Faith and Belief in God in our son, Alec.  It is something we, as a family, our striving to do.  Regular attendance and fellowship in a Church that helps to strengthen our Faith is definitely one way of creating and maintaining a strong foundation in God.

Prayer is, or should be, an important part of one's daily routines.  Our ongoing communication with our God...  Its not only what you say, but how you say it.  Prayer is about maintaining our relationship with our God.

If you feel that your prayer life could use some re-charging, here are some different ways that might spruce it up:

Integrate Prayer into your daily activities - start with a prayer of thanks for what you have received.  Dedicate everything you do, your work, your study, your play to God, and ask for strength to help you achieve your goals.

Write a letter to God - I have hear the suggestion of using your dominant hand to write the letter, and when you have run out of things to write, pause and reflect, and then use your non-dominant hand to write what comes to mind... it's God talking to you.

Meditation - Turn off the phone, the radio, the TV and the Computer... find a quiet and peaceful space to center yourself and breathe evenly and deeply.  Some people find a mantra helpful.  In general, we seem to take less time to "let go and let God", this time, even if it is only minutes a day can be extremely helpful in keeping you balanced and finding a deeper meaning in our lives.

Journal writing as Prayer - Again, for people that find it hard to articulate verbally, writing down our thoughts can be a way of meditating and allowing the clutter in our minds to melt away.

Prayer with Scripture and Imagination - Try and achieve a meditative state and read and re-read a passage of scripture until you have the flow of the passage memorized.  Try to imagine that you are there in place and time, a participant and reflect on the message and the lesson.

I happen to be Roman Catholic by faith, believe that Jesus Christ is my Savior and believe the the Holy Trinity of God the Father, Jesus, His Son, and the Holy Spirit and my Scripture is the Bible, but I have tried to purposely tried to write this in a way that might appeal to any and everyone, regardless of your personal Beliefs, your God, and your Faith.

For me, the Scripture that has always inspired me most are the parables and the Sermon on the Mount.  My mother and grandmother loves Psalms.  What Scripture inspires you?

I have always favoured Meditation as my most inspiring form of Prayer... How do You Pray?

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Comment balloon 9 commentsChris Smith • February 19 2012 06:40AM

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How I pray..?     With all my heart, unrehearsed and real....if the God prompts me, I am off and running. If not, I keep it short and sweet...I am always cognizant of a few things. One, he is not hard of hearing. Two, he is inside me and three, he knows what I want before I ask...We are dealing with a very loving and all encompassing being..bless his name and I thank him for having me and for my like kind too...most excellent post Chris..thank you my dear boy

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) over 8 years ago

So many great points here Chris we had to suggest it for a feature. First, your father is probably right, we do fall back on God in rough times and just carry on when all or most is good.  We made sure we all as a family attended church and Mom always said we have given the 'kids' a strong foundation and no matter what we went through in the teen years that foundation would hold.

Love your ideas to re-connect.  Never thought of writing a letter to God, but why not? I am going to try and do that writing with my dominate and non-dominate hands (do you know which one I will be using for which Chris? LOL) I would be very interested to know what God will say to me.

Like your Mom and Grandmother, I too love Psalms, it sustains me.  All the best Chris.(sorry for blogging on your post)

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

HI Chris,

In short, we don't..... Not that we are not respectful and considerate to those that are religious and give praise to their faith. Praying is not and has never been part of my life and as such would not be something I revert to under any circumstance, not based on dis-respect, it is just not part of my life.

Have a Pfanntastic Week

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com) over 8 years ago

Richie, what a great response.  Your words definitely reflect your feeling towards your God and your relationship with Him.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Al and Peggy, I was wondering how many people still felt prayer was important.  We do not seem to hear much positive about prayer and religion in the mainstream anymore.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Peter and Linda, thank you for your honesty.  I truly believe, that we, as humans, need something to believe in, give our lives meaning and be our "centre".  For some people, this is their God.  Whatever ever it is for you, I trust that it satisfies your needs.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Chris, prayer always has been a very relevant part of my life. I don't come from a religious family so I'm not sure how this came to be. I am not an overtly religious person, and I'm not sure that I base any of my activities on an effort "to do God's will", but in the back of my mind I'm always hoping that I'm doing the right thing.

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Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 8 years ago

Malcolm, I have always been fascinated by two things.  How people meet, what they first saw in eachother, and one's spiritual relationship over time.

 

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

With a sense of gratitude and thankfulness Chris! And when I say Thank God, I mean it!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Red Rock Real Estate) over 8 years ago

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