[This is the eighth of a series of posts featuring a saint, mystic, or writer to include some of their thoughts on prayer as well as a prayer written by or ascribed to him or her. Joyce Rupp is well known for her work as a writer, a spiritual “midwife,” and speaker. She is a member of the Servants of Mary.]
We can’t do prayer alone. We can’t coerce and shove our way into a relationship with God. Learning to pray takes a lifetime of openness and hope and it is especially challenging when the last thing we want to do is pray. One of the best ways to make ourselves available to a deepening friendship, however, is spending time with the other person. (Inviting God In)
What is vital to my prayer is that I continue to be faithful to being with God. God wants and needs no more than this from any of us — just our faithful presence.
(Inviting God In)
The longer way pray the more we realize prayer is bigger than we are, more expansive and deep. When we least expect it, our prayer brings us into further clarity about who we are and how we are to be with God and the world. (Prayer)
“Prayer” is not only about entering into a relationship with God; it is also about being changed. (Prayer)
A Prayer to Be Free From Tizzies* by Joyce Rupp
you who did not invent tizzies,
be with me when I get caught
in the wild worrying of my mind,
and the needless scurrying around
in my fearful heart.
Trip me up when I fret and stew
so I can see the trap of tizzies,
with their schemes to keep me
bunched up in stress and strain.
Let me fall headfirst into the truth
of your never-ending presence,
wrap your kind arms around me
and calm my doubts and fears.
Shout loudly in my spiritual ear
when my nerves get knotted,
my mind feels cramped,
and my stomach screams.
It may be difficult,
but do try to get my full attention,
because tizzies are not healthy,
and they definitely chase peace
out the front door of my heart.
Dear God, you did not invent tizzies,
and only I can send them on their way,
and I will,
if you strengthen me
to let go of my anxious hold
on what is nonessential.
—Joyce Rupp from The Out of the Ordinary
*A tizzy is a “state of frenzied excitement or distraction, especially over some trivial matter” (Webster’s New Unabridged Dictionary).
22 of her books are available here.