Mahatma Gandhi says, “Prayer is not an old woman’s idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.”
We don’t all us the same words. In fact, some don’t use words at all. Christian scholars discuss there are roughly 5 types of prayer: Petition (asking for something for ourself), intercession (asking for something for someone else), adoration (in praise of God), expiation (cool word for confession and request for forgiveness) and thanksgiving.
Some people use specific words from their tradition in private or public prayer, spoken out loud, or spoken in their hearts and minds. Some people pray through their art, both in the experience of making it and in enjoying and sharing it after it is made.
When was the last time you prayed that you are conscious of? Did it fall into any of the categories above? Did you pray with words, or body movement or pictures or in some other way? Did you pray with someone else or for someone else? How did praying transform the situation? Did praying transform you?
I invite you to spend time with these questions. Journal about them or sketch about them. Think about what prayer looks like for you.
In thanksgiving for this day!