Thursday, August 29, 2013

Teach us how to pray...

Hello there, dear friends,

Have you ever been in a situation when you wanted to pray, but you didn't know how or where to start?  I was looking at the sunrise the other day and experienced this.

I have been a Christian for most of my life.  As a young child, I was brought up in the teachings of the Anglican and Methodist churches. The religious rituals had a great impact on me during that time - they were so entrenched that they had became second nature. In times of angst, I would launch into the Lord's prayer without so much as a second thought.

Much has changed over the years.  My faith, at times, has wavered.  Often, I have been left with deep spiritual despondency.  At other times, my heart has soared. Always, however, there have been unsaid prayers in my heart and the knowledge that our God is so faithful and ready to listen.

So, you can imagine my dismay when I really wanted to pray but couldn't remember how.

 My memory was tweaked when I imagined the crowd asking Jesus how they should pray and how, at that sermon on the mount, He taught them... 

It was a shock to me to realise that I had forgotten some of the words. 

I wonder if there is anyone else who has experienced this... perhaps you, my friend, are one of them?

For this reason, I selected this beautiful sunrise photograph (taken from my home the other morning) and added the words of that beautiful prayer. "The Lord's Prayer" has never failed to encompass my many, hundreds of prayers. Perhaps it will bless you today, in the same way.

May the peace of God be with you today, dear friend.  
Consider yourself hugged.
With love


  1. Dearest Caryl, Oh girl, I think we have all gone through that in our lives-at least if we are honest. I've been praying for 34 years for a loved one to come to know my Lord-sometimes it can be so hard to continue on when there aren't any signs of it occurring. It is then I remember faith is believing even when we don't see or pray.
    Love your picture today. Sending all my love to you dear friend.

  2. Hi Caryl, I'm not a religious person myself but do feel spirtitual in that I believe we should love one another and treat people as we would like to treated. I too have had highs and lows but with support from a wonderful husband, family and friends all things are overcome with support and friendship. Even friends from overseas (like yourself!) whom I have never met have shown great support in times of sadness when my dear sweet mother and wonderful father passed away. Take care Caryl and have a lovely weekend. No worries, and love, Carol

  3. sometimes saying thank you is a good prayer too