Sunday, November 2, 2008

Objective Orisons 11/02/08

Practical prayer
is harder on the soles of your shoes
than on the knees of your trousers.

Austin O'Malley


The patella, otherwise known as the knee cap, is a free moving bone; that is, it is not attached directly to any other bone and it moves with the leg to protect the knee. But it doesn't go all the way down. Even at its lowest point it still leaves some of the muscles and tendons exposed. Which means the human body was not designed to kneel. Thus many churches have prayer cushions so that worshipers won't hurt themselves while kneeling in prayer.

But that does not mean the human was not designed to pray. There are many ways of praying. In some areas of the world it's still done by animal sacrifice or self flagellation. Some write their prayers on paper and hang them on trees or stuff them into walls Some churches use incense "the prayers of the saints," Rev. 5:8. There's a fishing village somewhere in Italy that takes the statue of its patron saint down to the sea once a year and threatens to throw it in the water if the harvest isn't good. I don't think they ever carried out that threat, good harvest or bad. And Thomas Merton found that for him jazz was prayer.

I think what O'Malley is saying is that once you've prayed for what you need, kneeling, sitting, standing or lying down, then put on your shoes and go help the heavenly powers to get it done.

DB - Vagabond Journeys


Joann said...

What a great post.... I love that last paragraph!! So REAL!! Don't just sit back and wait, help get it done!!


a corgi said...

I agree/disagree with your last statement DB, but I see where you are coming from. God answers prayers, but we need to make sure we are doing what needs to be done to get the prayer answered; for example, if I'm praying for a job but I'm not looking, then I'm not doing my part; a job won't fall from the sky to me. But sometimes after you pray, you just have to wait for Him to answer it as he will without doing anything but wait.

good entry


Dannelle said...

Absolutely, inspired thoughts. Dannelle

Leigh said...

One of my favorite prayer methods is walking and talking to heaven.
Great quote and advice.
:) Leigh

Beth said...

I love it. There's a reason that old saying "God helps those who help themselves" has staying power!

Also, I had to look up "orison." I learned a new word today--thank you!

Love, Beth

Alice said...

You are sooooo right :).......

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