Prayer as Communion

Communion, Louise Boyce

While Jesus certainly prayed vocally both in private and public, these utterances did not encompass the fullness of his relationship with his Father. A fuller reading of the Gospels shows that Jesus lived in constant communion with the Father even when no words were used. This fuller understanding of prayer is often perplexing to those who have only known prayer as communication.

Skye Jatheni  in “with“.

More and more have I come to understand scripture’s invitation to “pray without ceasing” as communion with God – “practicing the presence of God” as Brother Lawrence would put it.

In Skye Jatheni’s wonderful little book, “with: Reimagining the way you relate to God“, he elaborates different postures we can take toward God: life under God, life over God, life from God, and life for God. All these postures embody a misunderstanding of who God is and what the Christian life is all about.

In elaborating on “life with God” he writes that the goal of life is God Himself – not anything else we can extract, receive, serve, or perform. God is the treasure. Therefore he writes:

Coming to see prayer as communion and not just communication changes its place in our Christian life. If God is truly our treasure, and if we have faith that through Christ we have been united with him, then prayer ceases to be a Christian’s duty and becomes our joy because it is how we experience our treasure in the now.

The Lord’s Supper, Louise Boyce

About R.H. (Rusty) Foerger

As I enter the third third of life, I am becoming aware of the role of elders today “to enlarge spiritual vision, being devoted to prayer, living in the face of death, as a living curriculum of the Christian life” (Dr. James M. Houston). I am a life long and life wide learner who seeks to: *decipher the enigma of our worth *rescue from the agony of prayerlessness *integrate spiritual friendship.
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