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, merely being 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.
Think about receiving love from God and giving love to God during your prayer time today. Share your thoughts.
Now the LORD came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
1 Samuel 3:10, NRSV
This Week: Pray for new beginnings. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.
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This week we remember: Emily Balch (January 9).
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