PRAYER IS coming into the presence of the One who loves us all the time – more than our parents ever loved us even in the best of times – and waiting in that presence, merelybeing there in that presence.
That’s all. Coming and waiting and being there.
Prayer, you see, is a fellowship, a meeting, a merging.
You don’t even have to talk when you don’t want to or don’t know what to say. All you have to do is to become aware of the fellowship, to pay attention to it the way you would if you were with an ordinary friend. …
God accepts you in silence as well as in words. All you have to do is feel God’s love for you, and when you feel it, respond in any way your heart wants. …
You do not pray in order to get something from God that God was going to give you anyway. You pray in order to feel God’s love and to give God your love.
- John Killinger
From Beginning Prayer by John Killinger. Copyright © 2012 by John Killinger. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Write, and pray, a love letter to God. Share your thoughts.
Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”
Luke 3:21-22, NRSV
This Week: pray for those young children. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.
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This week we remember Emily Balch (January 11).
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