When We Pray

The Rev. Geoffrey Butcher, Priest-in-Charge - Trinity Episcopal Church, Russellville

People of all faiths pray to the one God that we understand to be the Creator, Sustainer of life, and hope for our lives. In our prayers we give thanks for the gift of life, for the beauty of creation, for the awe and wonder that fills our lives as we contemplate and experience the Mystery of God. In our prayers we ask God for forgiveness of those hurtful things that we have done and for the good we have left undone. We ask for awareness of our responsibilities to care for creation and to heal the pain of those who suffer. Often our prayers are directed to ask God for blessings upon those who are ill, for those close to us in our families, and to direct our lives with a loving sense of God’s presence in our lives. We may even pray to become the light through which God’s presence shines.

When we pray for those in need we trust that our concern will increase God’s concern for our loved ones. That is understandable. But God’s love for others is always

present. God gives us the opportunity to share in the energy and healing of love. Our prayers are received by others in a mystical way. This provides psychological healing that in turn frees the body to respond to healing both through medicine and caring concern. Prayers often change our attitudes as well. Try praying for those who annoy you. Initially you may be praying that God will change their attitudes. My experience is that it changes my attitude toward them. The prayer for others helps me to be more able to see them as God sees them. Prayer creates change, and often it is the motivation to get up from our knees to provide help for those in need. God’s attitude doesn’t need to change through prayer. The prayer changes us to be more loving and caring.

The Rev. Geoffrey Butcher, Priest-in-Charge

Trinity Episcopal Church, Russellville

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