Episode 8: On Prayer

December 31, 2020 01:24:28
Episode 8: On Prayer
Latter-day Contemplation
Episode 8: On Prayer
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Show Notes

Riley and Shiloh open up a space to talk about the subject of prayer. We have all been taught the standard posture of praying with our eyes closed, head bowed, arms folded, and kneeling, all while using the proper formula by addressing Heavenly Father by name, expressing gratitude, asking for what we need, and closing in the name of Jesus Christ — all while using the proper “honorific” pronouns. But is this the only way to pray? Are there other postures and forms of praying that also connect us to God? Are we already praying in other equally valid forms without even realizing it? What would other forms of prayer even look like? Many people are surprised when they first recognize what they are already naturally doing to connect with the divine, and that others have written and expounded upon these ways of prayer for centuries. How often have our prayers become reduced to mere moments of spoken transactionalism? When was the last time that our prayers were truly transformational? When have we experienced prayer as “a sacred place, when… our own heart is the place where Jacob’s ladder touches the earth”?

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