“… prayer must overflow the boundaries of selfhood to include the life, the needs of the race; accepting as a corollary of its filial relation with God a brotherly relation with all other souls however diverse, and at every point replacing ‘mine’ with ‘ours’. “
From my morning readings in “Abba” by Evelyn Underhill
“And moreover in these first words, the praying soul accepts once for all its true status as a member of the whole family of man. Our Father. It can never again enter into prayer as a ring-fenced individual, intent on a private relation with God; for this is a violation of the law of Charity.”
We are commanded to love one another, and not just in a conceptual way, but through service, as our Lord loved us. Prayer is a primary mechanism of this love. We must pray for each other, loving each other, looking for the best for all God’s children. But we must also do practical things for those we love. Combining active service with serving prayer is a high calling for all of God’s children.
“… the work that we love done with zest and care, but done God’s way not ours, at His pace not ours, for His glory not ours, and laid down without reluctance, as the movement of the Will demands. Also the drudgery that we do not love done too, because that is His will and not ours.”
From my morning readings in “Abba” by Evelyn Underhill.
This reminds me that my NeedlePrayer work, which I love, is done for God’s glory, and must be done according to His will, and in service of Him and His people and His plan. Also, no craft or service is free of drudgery, and I can to do that cheerfully as well, as an essential part of my work.