July 28

Reflection

Seek and you shall find
Knock and the door shall be opened
Ask, and you shall be answered.
Luke 11:9

A life centered in God is not acquired by osmosis. Prayer is the language of seekers. One does not find God without looking, becoming aware, and then asking for a depth of understanding. A seeker is intuitive but also active in the search. The consistent knocking of prayer opens the door of the God who is unconditional love. A deepening relationship with Holy Mystery is the ultimate response.

Prayer

I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Psalm 23

Action

Examine your desire and your search for a relationship with the Mystery of God.

Suggested Reading

And I tell you, ask and you will receive;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks, receives;
and the one who seeks, finds;
and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Luke 11:1-13

In our search for the holy, there are times when our restless preparations smother the very truth for which are searching. We decorate our rooms and make elaborate preparations for our prayer, when a single flower and a moment of waiting are all we need to meed the One Who Comes.
Macrina Wiederkehr

The more we receive in silent prayer, the more we can give in our active life. We need silence to be able to touch souls.
Mother Teresa

By inviting us into the partnership of creation, God also invites us into relationship. God is love, said the apostle John. God does not merely have love or feel love. God is love and cannot not love. As such, God yearns for relationship with the creatures made in his image.
Philip Yancey

Prayer is a nonlocative, nongeographic space that one enters at one’s own peril, for it houses God during those few moments of one’s presence there, and what is there will most surely change everything that comes into it. Prayer, its opal walls polished to transparency by the centuries of hands that have touched them, is the Tabernacle realized and the wayside chapel utilized. Ever traveling as we travel, moving as we move, prayer grips like home, until the heart belongs nowhere else and the body can scarcely function apart from them both. Prayer is dangerous and the entrance way to wholeness.
Phyllis Tickle

Our problem is that we assume prayer is something to master the way we master algebra or auto mechanics. That puts us in the “on-top” position, where we are competent and in control. But when praying, we come “underneath,” where we calmly and deliberately surrender control.
Richard J. Foster

In search of what prayer is, some have defined it as speaking, communicating, questioning, listening, waiting, sharing and expressing our need to God. Prayer can be all of the above and much more. In short, prayer is the spoken or unspoken desire, the desperate longing, the hunger of our innermost search for God’s attention, intervention, will and divine action to meet our needs. It is the hidden treasure of our innermost being–to meet with God.
Samuel O. Enyia

It is not well for a man to pray cream, and live skim milk.
Henry Ward Beecher

Prayer is the link that connects us with God.
A.B. Simpson

A little lifting of the heart suffices; a little remembrance of God, one act of inward worship are prayers which, however short, are nevertheless acceptable to God.
Brother Lawrence

Prayer is an art which only the Spirit can teach us. He is the giver of all prayer.
Charles Spurgeon

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