Taken from “The Benedictine Handbook.” Chapter 20
“The Ideal of True Reverence in Prayer”
“If in ordinary life we have a favour to ask of someone who has power and authority, we naturally approach that person with due deference and respect. When we come, then, with our requests in prayer before the Lord, who is God of all creation, is it not all the more important that we should approach Him in spirit of real humility and a devotion that is open to Him alone and free from distracting thoughts? We really must be quite clear that our prayer will be heard, not because of the eloquence and length of all we say, but because of the heartfelt repentance and openness of our hearts to the Lord whom we approach. Our prayer should, therefore, be free from all other preoccupations and it should normally be short, although we may well on occasions be inspired to stay longer in prayer through the gift of God’s grace working within us.”
My Note: Most of the time when we think of “reverence in prayer” it is in the bow, the kneel, and placing our hands together. These things do give “reverence.” When I read this, I begin to understand “true reverence in prayer” was going to God void of all distractions. A time set aside for He and I alone. A time calling for my humility and sorrow for my sins. A time which my heart would only be “open” to God.
It was not about how many words I was saying. It was not about the dishwasher which needed to be unloaded, the bills which needed to be paid, or the trip to the doctor that day. It was not about “rush” and “get through.”
Prayer is our very communication with God. It is through our “prayers” in which He answers and communicates with us. When we go to Him, should not He get the same “respect” that we would naturally give a “human being,” if not more? “After all He is God!”
God Bless, SR