Monday, July 18, 2011

Something about prayer

Artist: Lev Russov

Does anyone remember that radical little book of prayers entitled Are You Running With Me Jesus? by Malcolm Boyd? It came out back in the 60s and had a considerable influence on me. Here's something Fr. Boyd said:

I believe that God prays in us and through us, whether we are praying or not (and whether we believe in God or not). So, any prayer on my part is a conscious response to what God is already doing in my life.

I like this because it reminds us that prayer is not so much something we do as it is something to which we give our assent.


  1. Sounds to much like we are puppets on strings to me. Why are we even necessary then--just as entertainment to God?
    Carolyn L.

  2. Well, I wouldn't think of it that way, Carolyn. (But that won't surprise you!) I think this statement is really to counteract the belief of some people that we have to EARN our way -- that we have to "get it right" with regard to our prayer. It sort of indicates that prayer is more a place that you go rather than a task you perform.

    Does that give a slightly different slant on things?

  3. I first read Boyd's book when I was in college. It was my first encounter with such a personal spirituality. It impacted me in so many ways, and I still cherish it.

  4. ". . .prayer is more a place that you go rather than a task you perform."
    Prayer as a place of refuge--what a comforting concept. Especially when paired with the idea of it isn't a task you perform so the form it takes also loses its rigidity. How wonderful.
    Unfortunately,this isn't what I get from the quote of Fr. Boyd's. To me it smacks of predestination so why even bother showing up to the party.
    I much prefer your concept. Maybe his would be different if I read it in context.
    Carolyn L.


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