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Saturday, May 12, 2007
More on the Essence of Prayer
I want to continue to quote Ruth Burrows on prayer. She asks what is the core, the central message of Jesus? "Surely it is the unconditional love of God for us . . . and this means that divine Love desires to communicate its Holy Self to us."
Later, she says: "the essence of prayer is God. The God of Jesus, total Given-ness is always there to love us and, in that loving, transforming and 'saving' of us, brings us to that perfect fulfillment for which we were created."
On our side, "prayer is simply being there: open, exposed, inviting God to do all God wants. Prayer is not our activity, our getting in touch with God, our coming to grips with or making ourselves desirable to God. We can do none of these things, nor do we need to do so, for God is there ready to do everything for us, loving us unconditionally."
I may know this in theory, but what about the practice? Jesus said: "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father but by me."
Let us surrender ourselves to Jesus in prayer and ask him to lead us to the Father.
I suggest you get the book and mull over it for yourself.