Both/And Prayer

Some say that prayer changes the one who prays... it does.
Some say that prayer changes the people or things being prayed for...it does.

Some emphasize the prayer of silence... it's important.
Some emphasize the prayer of words... it's important.

Some say prayer should be spontaneous... I see the value of free-flowing prayer.
Some say prayer should be scripted... I see the value of praying what's already been written.


Prayer is for yourself and for others. Prayer is both in silent contemplation and verbal iteration. Whether scripted or spontaneous, prayer is prayer, as long as it's from the heart.


Today, may your heart be turned outward and stilled within. May you be changed as you pray for others, and may the world be changed as you pray. May your silence, and your words, be prayer. Whether scripted or spontaneous, may the spirit draw you into prayer.

Lord, hear our prayer.
Benjamin FaderComment