Pray I Do

James 5:13-20 – The 18th Sunday of Ordinary Time – for September 30, 2012

“The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective…” (James 5:16:)

Allrighty class . . . please sit down, find your pen or pencil. Remember, no talking!

1) Circle answer most closely describing your belief:

T or F – Prayer usually works for me.

T or F – Prayer rarely works for me.

T or F – God answers all prayers, but not always in ways I want.

T or F – Prayers are nice, but actions of faith matter more.

2) Please mark an “X” by the statement(s) below most similar to your understanding:

___ If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.  Meister Eckhart
___ Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.  Soren Kierkegaard
___ In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.  Mahatma Gandhi
___ Basically, I’m for anything that gets you through the night – be it prayer, tranquilizers or a bottle of Jack Daniels.  Frank Sinatra
___ The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.James 5:163)

3) Use one of the words below to complete each sentence. (A word can only be used once).

  • Arrogant
  • Blessed
  • Essential
  • Foolish
  • Help
  • Humble
  • Hypocritical
  • Nothing
  • Thank-you

3a) Whenever asked to pray out loud in public I feel  ______.

3b) A prayer that always matters to me is when I say ______ to God.

3c) Speaking to or with God is _____ and people that are _____ spend any time in prayer.

Double-check your answers! Make any final corrections or additions you deem necessary. When you are satisfied with your answers, please leave your test with the instructor.

Thank you for your participation.

(And oh, by the way, you’ve already received an A+. Pretty swell, huh? Almost as if getting that “A+” is an answer to your ______.)

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What can I say to you about prayer? Will anything matter? Just for amusement, I searched Amazon.com to discover how many books were available on the subject of “How To Pray.” Just because I’m in a testy mood, how many title choices do you think Amazon listed (as of mid-September, 2012): Continue reading →

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