Dialogues on Prayer

It’s good to talk.

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And it’s good to talk about prayer.

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How do you pray? I like to keep a note book for long term prayers. I like to spend time in the early morning, and some times during the day. I’m thinking of getting a cheap digital watch to remind me to pray every hour.

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Too many of my prayers are self-serving or self-seeking. Too few emerge out of thanksgiving and praise, and joy.

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Sometimes at night my wife says “You pray”. And then after a long pause while I’m trying to find a positive prayer she’ll say “Say thank you”.

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I love to talk about prayer and how to pray.

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But talking about prayer is literally like talking about talking. It’s like asking, “tell me, how do you talk?”

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In the end talking about talking either indicates a communication problem (why do you always say …?) or it’s simply a wasted opportunity to talk about meaningful things.

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And so it is with talking about prayer. Is there a problem with prayer? Let’s talk about it. Otherwise, let’s pray.

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(written in The Lodge on the Park, Starbucks, Aztec West)

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