Wednesday 10 August 2022

How to pray (6)

Our weekly reflections are paused for the summer, so in their place there will be a short extract from how to pray in ten easy steps. This guide is taken from The Oratory Prayer Book, a new prayer book of old prayers that we are publishing and will be available in the coming months.

6. Pray with your soul and your body

If you were asked to picture someone praying, you’d probably imagine a person kneeling down with hands joined and eyes closed. There’s no rule that says we have to pray kneeling down, but having particular prayer postures (whatever they may be) as part of our prayer routine will help us to focus. Human beings are bodies and souls, so prayer is going to involve our bodies too. And sometimes when we can’t find the words to pray, we might find that we can express our prayer better with our bodies than with our minds. That said, prayer is above all about raising our hearts and minds to God. That means sharing with him honestly all our thoughts, feelings, memories and desires.

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