Undervisning om bön av Catherine Granlund

Translation into English - teaching at the Ecumenical Prayer meeting in the United Methodist Church in Grankulla on January 20, 2021.

I read Psalm 42 from the Bible. The book of Psalms is my best prayer book. My feelings can go up and down, my thoughts can rest by the water brooks as in the psalm or in green pastures as in Psalm 23: He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name´s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me – we can read, we can pray, the psalms help us. We don´t always find the right words when praying and we don´t always need words because praying is also getting silent, listening, kneeling, dancing, raising of hands, folding your hands together. We can use the psalms or other written prayers. We can lean to God´s promises and his love when praying.

Prayer has not only one form or one way of expression. Prayer goes from cry of despair, cry for help to caring prayer for one another, to gratitude for food on our table, roof on our heads, to praising God for belonging to a loving Father – just as the ones we are. The gratefulness that Jesus is taking my sins and the sins of others towards me and forgives me helps me forgive others. Prayer is healing us. It is dialogue, fellowship and care. It can really change circumstances. Prayer is also a language of the body; kneeling legs, folded hands, raising hands, dancing, making the sign of the cross.

And prayer is listening, a dialogue with Jesus. We just need to get aware of Him speaking to us, open our minds, let Him lead us, listen to His voice, talk to Him. We are children of a heavenly Father, who has himself asked us to communicate with Him. He longs for us.

Catherine Granlund, January 20, 2021, at the Ecumenical prayer meeting

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