A Few Thoughts on Prayer by Sharon Connors  

In prayer,
we focus our thoughts on God, 
seek God’s presence as an experience. 
Prayer is our reaching out to touch and be touched by God.
It is tuning in the frequency of our mind to God. 
We make ourselves open and receptive.

In meditation, 
we endeavor to still our thoughts and 
enter a space where there is a sacred silence. 
In the practice of prayer
we make the connection to the invisible, 
yet immediately present, realm of spirit — 
the activity of God. 
In prayer, we actually connect 
at some level with God’s yearning in us. 
When we then enter the silence of meditation, 
whether it be for brief moments, many minutes, or even hours, 
we make ourselves available to 
hearing, feeling, and tasting God’s response in us.
God is always there, but we aren’t. 
In the internal silence the peace of God flourishes.

Meditation isn’t complicated but it does take discipline. 
Quieting our thoughts is not an easy task. 
Our creative minds are like two-year-olds 
that just don’t know how to stop. 
Like little children, they don’t want to take a nap. 
God ministers to us, replenishes us in times of meditation. 
As we rest our mind in God, we are not only guided, we are renewed.

The effects of prayer and meditation are cumulative. 
The more we practice, the more spiritual power we accumulate 
and this power ministers to us in our need. 
It improves us in every way, from refining our perceptions 
to expanding our capacity to love and be loved.

— Sharon Connors 

[SOURCE:  http://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Prayer-Praying-Your-Trust/dp/0553381881/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1328986510&sr=8-1]

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About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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