Archive for May, 2013

When is prayer real?

May 9, 2013

“If you want to pray,” wrote Evagrius of Pontus more than 16 centuries ago, “you need God, who gives prayer.”
Prayer is understood as the inner content of a real, mutual relationship between a person or group and the Infinite Other. So merely labeling a text or activity as prayer does not mean it is any such thing. It may be as removed from true communion as masturbation from lovemaking; perhaps harmless and pleasant but not engaged in any movement toward ultimate truth and wholeness.
(From “With our feet on the ground,” by Boyd Wilson, 2012)