Prayer: nothing more than the soul’s longing

What is prayer?

Ken Gire answers:

“Prayer is the conversation we have with God.

As in any conversation, sometimes we communicate what’s in our heart with great articulation, even eloquence. Other times we find only a toy box of childish expressions. Still other times we grope for words the way a newborn gropes for its mother’s breast.

But the expression of our longing is not as important as the longing itself.

For prayer is nothing more than the soul’s longing for God – and the words nothing more than a child’s attempt to describe them.”

From, “Between Heaven and Earth: Prayer Reflections that Celebrate an Intimate God“, by Ken Gire.


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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