Prayer = Peace


Sabbath moments are a way of taking time to rest in God, to enjoy God in silence or in nature. The word sabbath comes from a Hebrew word meaning “cease.” And that is what we need to do sometimes, cease our activity and live in the moment and breathe in God.

We all crave inner peace, a sense of well-being of integration where we are one with ourselves, each other and God because this is reality. When the Spirit   flows in and through us we are in sync with everything and everybody. We are part of the Trinity, part of the human community and part of the communion of saints. How do we relax into this state? In and through prayer. Have you ever noticed that every liturgy begins with a blessing of peace and simultaneously a call to prayer because they are intricately connected.

L: “Peace be with you”

P: “And also with you.”

L: “Let us lift up our hearts to the Lord”

P: “We lift them up to the Lord”

L:  Faithful and gracious God, we seek to draw nearer to you in this time of devotion and prayer.  Open us to your word that we might be guided in your Spirit toward all truth and love, for we pray in Christ’s name.

P: Amen.

Sometimes we need repetition, written prayers because we are in such turmoil that it is impossible to unwind  and come to a place of inner silence without the familiar. Sacred music helps shut down crazy thoughts and connect us to God. Of course  God initiated moments of grace are the most effective. Slowly I am discovering that I can centre on Him when I simply breathe the Holy Spirit in deeply and relax into reality because I am connected to God. The reality is simple. I am in God and He is in me.

Relax. Be Quiet. Breathe in Deeply. Connect. Soak in His Presence.

God asks me to quit running around drawing on  my energy to build His Kingdom. I heard these word 24 years ago. I am a slow learner.

“You think that you are building my church

you are hindering my work

All I want

All I need

is for you

To stand before the cross

And allow

The fire of my Son’s Love to 

Pierce you heart

Transforming you

Into His presence on Earth.”

Relax. Be Quiet. Breathe in Deeply. Connect. Soak in His Presence. 

 The word prayer intimidates many people but the reality is that prayer is simple, so simple that it eludes many adults.

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13 thoughts on “Prayer = Peace

  1. I think we all need to learn this. I am a “slow learner” also, but as time goes I am able to do more and more of this. Great post and God Bless, SR

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  2. Awesome post! Beautiful. I too am a slow learner – we all are. I think it takes a lifetime to learn it all.
    I agree prayer is simple. Love Mother Teresa’s quote. Thanks for joining me with Sabbath Moments.
    God bless!

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  3. I’m a slow learner, too. Sometimes God has to apply a 2×4. In this crazy, action filled world, even in parishes, we need to stop, breathe, and focus on the Lord. Our value is never in doing, but in being. Being that child of God, looking at Him, loving Him.

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