DEVOTION: “ I think you are perfectly right to change your manner of prayer from time to time and I should suppose that all who pray seriously do thus change it. One’s needs and capacities change and also, for creatures like us, excellent prayers may “go dead” if we use them too long. Whether one shd use written prayers composed by other people, or one’s own words, or wordless prayer, or in what proportion one should mix all three, seems entirely a question for each individual to answer from his own experience.” (Pg 61)
Do you pray your own prayers or use other prayers?
No, really. It’s a real question.
Years ago my mom came to our house and stayed with us for a few days. We had a nice visit. Before she left, she wanted to bless the new house that we had just moved into. She pulled a book out of her bag and opened it up. We bowed our heads and she prayed this long, beautiful prayer. It was a prayer for the home, it’s inhabitants, all that happened there and more.
I liked the thought of this. Of using “prewritten” prayers. Sometimes we just don’t know what to pray and these prewritten prayers tend to fill in the blanks.
So maybe there’s a feeling or thought you’re having trouble conveying. Maybe you can’t put it into words. Maybe this might be a solution.
These prewritten prayers also give us a new outlook and a new view on prayer.
Just a thought….