Introductory thoughts on Prayer
Ignorance or Prayerful Peace?
When I first noticed this cartoon it was illustrating the theme of 'ignorance'. And it does that very well.
However, when my thoughts turn to prayer this image seems to be quite illustrative of this great theme also. Not because a man may be praying, eyes closed, unaware of danger lurking; rather it's in the peaceful, un-anxious and carefree attitude depicted.
I think of one of the great New Testament texts on prayer - Philippians 4:6,7
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition,with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Prayer practiced through the centuries, in all religions, has given people peace of mind. I suspect because to pray rightly we must meditatively slow down and turn our attention away from the cares and troubles around us to the source of all peace and tranquility.
To the right you have access to five pamphlets on prayer that are offered out of the contemplative tradition of spirituality. Enjoy.
Sue Pickering, Anglican Priest and former convenor of the Spiritual Growth Ministries (NZ) training programme, has written five prayer leaflets (PDF) on the following prayer forms:
Lectio Divina or Sacred Reading
Sue has agreed that these resources be freely available for you to download.