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There Are No Cons

on February 15, 2012

Jesus in Prayer

I struggle with spontaneous prayer, which as a former Protestant this is a bit difficult to admit; however, I have always been fond of talking to God. Then when I started on the road to Catholicism, the first structured prayer that I learned was the ‘Our Father’. It was odd to me. It seemed dry—I did not see the beauty in what I was saying. I did not realize that the ‘Our Father’ was the way that Jesus taught his disciples to pray. Now, the ‘Our Father’ springs to my lips easily, while I’m working and I struggle with people and projects; while I’m running and struggle to keep going; while I’m cleaning and thankful for all that God has blessed me with; while I try to fall asleep to still my mind on the peace of God. I have not abandoned spontaneous prayer. In fact, often times I couple the two together.

I love the prayers of Saints, nuns, priests, bishops, the Pope, and the prayers handed down through generations of tradition. There is a beauty to the prayers of these people who have wholly consecrated themselves to be eternal friends and lovers of God. It is like reading poetry while cuddled under the wing of God. There is also a beauty to the spontaneous prayer of my friends and family. It is like music to my ears to hear them thank, praise and request God’s hand in all our lives. It brings God to the forefront of our lives.

Christianity is about relationships, about being in God and God being in us. The ease of prayer—talking with God—comes by praying. Praying for the Holy Spirit’s help, for God to motivate and inspire, for Our Lord to help our unbelief (“Oh Lord, I believe! Help my unbelief.”) Whether you are non-denominational Christian, Protestant, Catholic or some other denomination, prayer is for all in order to draw us closer to the heart of Jesus and to draw God’s love closer to us. At first, I intended this to be a post on the pros and cons of spontaneous versus structured prayer, but as I sat down to write it, praying and pondering, I realized this—there are no cons to prayer of any form. Only pros. Praise God.

Here is two wonderful databases of prayer—click here and here.

Other Posts in This Series

Introductory

The Five W’s of Prayer Part 1 and Part 2

Preaching for Christian Unity

 The Underestimated Holy Spirit

 All About Prayer from Jesus

 Lessons on Powerful Prayer from St. Scholastica

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One response to “There Are No Cons

  1. Well Said!

    Honestly, I was worried that you were going to Bash Spontaneous Prayer 😉
    I was here to defend it!

    You see, many Catholics, not All, but many of the ones that I have come across in the Great White are rather uncomfortable with Spontaneous Prayer.
    It’s a bit sad, because personally, there is quite a bit of raw passion associated to Spontaneous Prayer.

    Anywho, Loved how you tied it up!

    Praise God, Indeed ♥

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