Prayer and a Mouse Tail

Friday, September 2, 2022

Scripture Resource Passage: Matthew 6

Prayer’s connection to the Divine exposes my soul; and, if I’m listening, prayer reveals the truth of my life. Like flecks of gold or self-centered flotsam my concerns tell heaven and earth ‘These are his identity.’

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This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven,hallowed be your name, your kingdom come,
your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

Frederick Buechner began his novel, On the Road with the Archangel, with Raphael explaining how he delivers prayers to God.

“Some prayers I hold out as far from me as my arm will reach, the way a woman holds a dead mouse by the tail when she removes it from the kitchen. Some, like flowers, are almost too beautiful to touch, and others so aflame that I’d be afraid of their setting me on fire if I weren’t already more like fire than I am like anything else. There are prayers of such power that you might almost say they carry me rather than the other way round. Some prayers are very boring.”  Credit to Lee Eclov for this citation.

Life Application Question

The primary prayers of your life over the last six months focused on…

Thank you for reading. Comments and suggestions are always welcome.

Published by Andrew Simkins

Dr. Andrew Simkins provides spiritual direction for individuals and small groups through the regular blog posts found on this site. He resides in northwest Indiana with his beloved, along with nearby children and grandchildren who are the adornment of his life.

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