Prayer Is An Act of Love…

Prayer is an act of love; words are not needed. Even if sickness distracts from thoughts, all that is needed is the will to love. Saint Teresa of Avila

Meditation: We often think of prayer as concrete words that we formulate at certain times. We understand prayer as something like a ritual, a practice, a habit or even a work or a chore. However, when we open ourselves to a broader understanding of prayer, we see prayer as more than a verbal expression of our mind or as a conscious seeking of words. We begin to see prayer as deeply connected with an attitude and acts of loving. When we begin to think about prayer like this, then praying reaches a whole new dimension. Then we realize that not only able bodied, certain religious or intellectual people pray, but that anybody prays who reaches out with a loving willingness or with an act of love. Prayer then becomes an embodiment and a mirroring of God’s all-encompassing love. And if this is so, then words are often not needed…

Prayer: God, You hear us when we pray with words. And as You are much bigger than our words and much greater than our minds, You hear also our non-verbal prayers. You see and delight in us humans when we pray without words. You know when we pray non-verbally by mirroring You and Your love. You are present when we engage You, ourselves, our neighbors near and far and our world with loving intentions and with acts of kindness. All of those are considered prayers by You as well. And we are grateful. Amen

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 1. John 4:16b