Cultivating a life of prayer is a journey I have been on for many years, yet prayer often remains a complete mystery to me. It is at the same time, both immensely comforting and totally bewildering.
How can little ordinary me, be in communication with the God who created the universe? He
promises that He is with me always and is passionate about having a relationship with me. So I have given up wrestling and rather choose on a daily basis to nestle.
I love the image that I saw somewhere of prayer being like lying on a sun lounger - all we have to do is lie and soak up the rays of the sun. l love spending time with God like this - my spirit totally quietened and my breathing slow. I am able to enter God’s presence and listen to Him in a way that my busy life often excludes.
But life is hectic, and we are not able to lie on sun loungers for too long!! Recently I have been rereading Richard Foster’s book, ‘Celebration of Discipline’ and in it I have found something that has really spoken to me - ‘there is a way of ordering our mental life on more than one level at once. On one level we are rushing around our lives, thinking, discussing, meeting all our daily demands, whilst at the same time, at a profounder level, we can be in prayer, song and worship’. So it is not an either/ or….rather that we are transformed from deep within, so that our whole lives become a prayer.
This is being enormously helpful to me. I have a long way to go on this journey of prayer and much still to learn, but I am more and more convinced of God’s love and faithfulness and my desire is to reflect that in everything I do.
‘Be still and know that I am God”. Psalm 46v10
Sally and John Munro are well known to many in the ST and we'll be hearing from John next week!
They brilliantly led one of our family houseparties for many years at Stoner, Uppingham and other venues. They are still very much involved with the current iteration at Framlingham, which is now led by their daughter Vicky and son-in-law Mark.
Family (in God's broad sense) is key to what we do and it's modelled so well by committed families like this one. They host in a way that makes us feel part of their family, which we of course we are!