Does it matter if I only pray at Sunday worship services?

Prayer Matters

Paul Dumbrille

Yes, I think it does matter!

We need to be connected to God as we go about our daily lives. More and more of us are keeping connected to our friends and business colleagues by electronic means (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn ), but we find it challenging to keep connected to God in prayer on our own. While we may pray for God’s help on an ad hoc basis when we, or others close to us, face difficulties, we often can’t find the time, energy, or discipline to pray regularly by ourselves. We are so busy “doing” that we have difficulty finding a way to fit prayer into our lives outside of Sunday.
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What is a Pilgrimage?

Prayer Matters

Paul Dumbrille

A pilgrimage is a spiritual journey and it is the spiritual content that differentiates it from any other kind of tour, expedition or trip. A pilgrim is not a tourist. It is a way of getting yourself out of the way. While I was walking on the Camino de Santiago in Spain several years ago, I crafted my own definition of a pilgrim: A Pilgrim is a person who is on an inward spiritual journey of learning and growth that involves some element of loss or pain, and which most often coincides with a physical journey from place to place. Most often the physical destination is a sacred place that has spiritual and religious meaning. Continue reading “What is a Pilgrimage?”

How can we learn to listen to God?

Prayer Matters

Paul Dumbrille

In a typical day, we are bombarded with sights and sounds that compete with what the Bible calls, the “still, small, voice of God. God wants to have a relationship with each one of us, and part of that relationship involves promptings and leadings from the Holy Spirit. But we need to learn to hear God’s voice and to filter out the noise of the world, so we can distinguish what really is from God.
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