Posted by: Walk.Build.Proclaim | June 2, 2013

Prayer is the mortar of our house (Sunday)

praying hands

St.Theresa of Avila is quoted as saying “prayer the mortar that holds our house together.”   

It’s Sunday morning, and millions of people all over the world are adding another layer of mortar to their house, as they come together in prayer and worship. Millions of of our Jewish and Muslim friends added layers of mortar to their houses on Friday (or Saturday morning) as those faith traditions gathered for worship.

Prayer is one thing that every generation and every denomination has in common. While prayer is what binds people together, it is also a unique aspect of faith in that there is no one way or right way to pray. There are probably as many ways to pray as there are known faith traditions in the world.  I’m going to guess that no one prays the same way or with the same words each day.

This is what makes prayer so awesome. There is literally something for everyone! I have Catholic friends that use a rosary as a prayer tool ever-day, while other people journal, some people write songs or use other forms of art in their prayer.   I have a friend who starts each day by having a cup of coffee with Jesus.

Prayer is something that can be shared in a small or large community context such as gathering together for weekly worship services, or it can be something that is shared in a smaller faith sharing or scripture group. Prayer is something that is shared by family members, gathered around a dinner table or a bedside.  Prayer can also be personal as you spend time with God.

This week we’re going to look at a variety of forms of prayer, from praying while walking (running), to kneeling with giants and  scripture and even using your smart-phone for prayer.  Beth and I could probably write this blog for 365-days in a row and not ever come close to touching upon every form of prayer that either of us are familiar with.

As the week goes on we’d also invite feedback about your different forms of prayer that you may use or would  like to try to incorporate into your life.

Prayer: Lord, teach us to pray. Help us to remember that “prayer is the mortar that holds our house together” the more time we spend in prayer and listening, the stronger the foundation of the house will become.



  1. Hi. I’ve just clicked through from the Blogathon and am glad I have. ‘Prayer is the mortar that holds our house together.’ I love that! Can’t wait to see what else you have for us as the week unfolds. I’ll be back (but not in a weird, stalker-ish way.)

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Gary Neal Hansen

Theology. It's good for you.

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