Once a monk has mastered reading scripture and meditation on scripture, their next position on the monastic ladder is prayer. Prayer is a relational experience with God. You can talk with God as you would talk with a friend, face to face. You are a friend to God.
Whether you live in a monastery or a Manhattan apartment, God is with you. The curtain was torn open from top to bottom when Jesus died on the cross, making God accessible to all who believe. Now you can talk with God face to face, just like Moses did.
This is how you pray. Go into a room, close the door, and open a conversation with God, just like that! Be humble, like a monk. Keep your prayers simple, like a child talking with her mother. The prayer that Jesus commended was unpretentiously was simply, “God, forgive me, a sinner.”
Here is a thought that will help you become humble in your prayer time, “You do not even know how to pray, but the Holy Spirit intercedes for you.” Let go of your pretenses and pray like a simple monk.
Calvin Wulf is a writer, spiritual director, and retreat facilitator who lives in Colorado with his wife Lisa. He has a passion for Christian spiritual formation drawing from the ancient spiritual traditions of the Apostles, and Christian sages through the ages. He is also a vowed oblate of the contemplative monastic Order of Julian of Norwich.
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