Prayer as Connection and Communion

A few weeks ago we had a great discussion about prayer. What it is, what we believe about it, what we don’t understand, what we do, how we practice it, and more. I learned a lot from it and am still mulling it over.

Shortly after that, I came upon this interview with Richard Rohr. Richard is a Franciscan monk and author of numerous books, including the recent Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life and Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self. I really appreciated Richard’s view that prayer can be anything – anything done in a state of communion and connection. Communion and connection with God, with others, and with this world that God has given us to love and care for.

I love that. Work, play, gardening, walking, taking out the trash, studying for finals, hanging with friends, grocery shopping, volunteering…it can all be prayer. Which makes prayer more accessible to many of us. As Richard says, prayer doesn’t have to be only words. Words are great, but prayer can be more than words. Prayer doesn’t have to be only a left-brain thing. Prayer can be a place where contemplation and action meet. I love that because I tend to keep in motion and regularly find it difficult to find what I think of as the appropriate quiet time for traditional prayer. This invites me to think differently about praying in, with, and through the things I regularly do.

Moreover, I think this view of prayer helps to sanctify those everyday activities that keep so many of us busy. If we approach the various and often mundane tasks of our everyday lives with a eye toward looking for how God is involved or for how what we do might connect us more deeply to those around us, these activities – no matter how ordinary or mundane – become vehicles for the sacred. Indeed, the line we often draw between “sacred” and “secular” blurs, if not vanishes all together.

There is, I think, an invitation here: an invitation to “pray always” by being mindful of our connection with God and others. And an invitation to invite others – especially those who might think they don’t know how to pray – to enter into a more “three-dimensional” life of prayer in and through their busy lives.

In any event, I found this video from the great folks at The Work of the People very helpful as I continue to think about prayer, and I hope you do, too.

Blessings on your prayer-filled day.

Prayer: A State Of Communion from The Work Of The People on Vimeo.

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