Polyglot Prayer

Tomorrow night, the Associate Rector and I will talk about “the Power of Prayer.” I don’t know what my colleague will say, but I’m sure it will be different from what I say. As we learned at the first Pentecost, there are many languages of prayer.

Speaking in tongues is one such language–and its name serves as a metaphor for prayer in general. Meditation is a language; sacramental worship is another language; extemporaneous prayer is another language; group prayer is a language.

All the more reason to learn from our fellow Christians the ways that they pray. Americans are notorious for being poor at languages other than English. Christians can be equally closed to methods of prayer that are unfamiliar to them. We all need to pray in more tongues than one. —J. Douglas Ousley


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