“Living the Prayerful Life” – Rev. Jimmie Scott
In the apostle Paul’s various letters to the churches of his era, prayer was an important ingredient that was consistent in every communication to them. He also stressed some other practices that he believed were necessary to strengthen and fortify prayer. One was, “to pray with the Spirit”, and another was “to pray with understanding.” Both of these are very simple on the surface.
However when we dig a little deeper into the Greek word for spirit, (pneuma), we find that what he meant is to pray with your entire being. Charles Fillmore paraphrased that activity of prayer/meditation as an activity of going into the silence and “feeling after God.”
Prayer is a deep concept, a sacred narrative that takes place on a multitude of levels. Over the years, I have enjoyed reading the prayerful thoughts of many individuals, some well-known, others not. Here is a favorite:
“I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky, and for everything which is nature, which is infinite, which is yes!” – E.E. Cummings
To that, I will add, Amen. Pray with the Spirit.
Blessings, Rev. Jimmie