July 11, 2010, Cheon Bok Gung, Yongsan, Seoul Korea
We’re very happy all of you are here. Today, I’d like to talk with you about prayer, the practice of prayer.
First, let’s look at some of the world’s scriptures. We are going to look at I Thessalonians 5:17, representing Christianity—very short, but very powerful. Let’s read together: “Pray constantly.” Beautiful. It is very real—pray constantly, the idea of constant prayer—every day we can have a prayerful heart. From Islam: this is from the Koran, the 7th Surahic verse [007.055], “Call on your Lord with humility and in private.” Aju. From the Hindu tradition, these are the words of Gandhi; let’s read this together: “It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without heart.” Aju.
Now, we will dive into our first core scripture. This is from Matthew 6:5—6. We will begin our delving into [our topic for today] prayer. Let’s read together: “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners, to be seen by men. I tell you the truth; they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father who is unseen. Then your Father who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Aju. As you all know, these are the famous verses and chapters in Matthew where Jesus also talks about the Beatitudes; he talks about fasting and all different portions of the spiritual life—and he has this one section on prayer. (And this is also reflected in the gospel of Luke, where we see two mentions of this section on prayer.) Read the rest of this entry »