Praying – By Cathy Reid, WICC President-Elect

My earliest memories of prayer are of praying at the side of my bed with my mother and sister.  I was fortunate that my mother had a very strong faith and taught us to pray at a very early age.  Mind you, it was not easy to express my feelings to God.  What helped me most was when my mother said I should just think about talking to God as a friend and speak freely as if I was talking to my best friend.  As my own faith matured, prayer changed and has continued to change throughout my life.

Living Faith (section 8.1.4), a contemporary statement of faith by the Presbyterian Church in Canada says this –

Life in Christ involves prayer,

the seeking of God’s will and blessing

on all of life.

Prayer is openness to the presence of God.

In words, or the absence of words,

prayer is the focusing of our lives toward God.

I have found in the last few years being still in the presence of God has brought great peace to my life and faith.  I learned to meditate from friends in an ecumenical group and this has been a wonderful extension to prayer for me.

We all pray in different ways and it does not matter how insignificant or childish our prayers are.  Many of us find it difficult to pray in front of others – feeling we don’t use the correct theological language.  I don’t think God cares how we pray as long as we are directing our lives toward God.

Maria Stam’s poem “A Path of Faith” sums up prayer for me –

In times of joy,

We glorify the Lord of life.

In times of success,

We thank God for answering our prayers.

In times of uneasiness,

We place our trust in God.

In times of doubts,

We search for truth in God’s words.

In times of confusion,

We ask the Holy Spirit for guidance.

In times of loneliness,

We turn to the heart of Jesus.

In times of sorrow,

We are comforted by God’s embracing love.

In times of strength in faith,

We thank the Lord for the gift of grace.

 

Cathy Reid

WICC Board Member – Appointed by the Presbyterian Church in Canada

WICC President-Elect


3 comments on “Praying – By Cathy Reid, WICC President-Elect

  1. Marybel Brenneman on

    Hello Cathy- You may remember me – I am Jean Archibald’s daughter,Marybel. This that you wrote is wonderful! I related to this so much & know there are others who may not have seen this & do not have internet -that would also relate & appreciate. I wondered if I might share this with our WMS ladies here in Embro & area? I have been making pocket prayer squares for over a year now – started with the World Day of Prayer last year when we were not able to be together & I mailed them with the copy of the service to our shut-ins & WMS ladies. I continued to make & mail to many all year who needed prayer- but we could not visit. Here it is again coming up -World day of Prayer & again we are not able to be together -so I have made Pocket Prayer squares again & wondered if I might print & mail this with them??? With prayer & peace – Marybel

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    • Stephanie McClellan on

      What a lovely ministry, Marybel! Thank you for introducing yet another prayer practice and outreach that brings connection and comfort as we look to God together!

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  2. Stephanie McClellan on

    Cathy, I love this reflection about the true heart of prayer and our ability to join our gaze in God’s direction.

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