Rowan Williams, the archbishop of Canterbury, recently wrote on prayer in the Christian Century. He wrote that "[prayer] is about growing into what Paul calls "the measure of the full stature of Christ" (Eph. 4:13). It is growing into the kind of humanity that Christ shows us. Growing in prayer, in other words, is growing in Christian humanity." Due to the example of Jesus life on earth and learning from how he prayed and in knowing that we too, like Jesus, are God's beloved children. From this we can deduct that we are also to direct our prayer to God and address God as the loving parent that we know.
I once was told to speak to God as if God was sitting in a chair next to me. In order to put myself in the presence of God. However, Williams states how we should not put our selves in the presence of God but rather "put yourself in the place of Jesus. Jesus speaks to God for us, but we speak to God in him. You may say what you want-but he is speaking to the Father, gazing into the depths of the Father's love." When we do this we may let "Jesus pray in you and beginning that lengthy and often very tough process by which our selfish thoughts and ideals and hopes are gradually aligned with his eternal action."
There is a new small group that will beginning this fall. The group will be meeting in the parlor near the sanctuary on Tuesday from 10-11. The name of the small group is the name of this group is Holy Hands in Prayer The name came from 1 Timothy 2:8-"I desire, then, that in every place the men and women should pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or argument."
My prayer is that you find prayer as a part of your daily, spiritual life and are able to do so while putting yourself in the place of Jesus. If you are able I also invite you to join Holy Hands in Prayer every Tuesday.