From Sally at RevGals this morning:
Part of the Ascension Day Scripture from Acts 11 contains this promise from Jesus: "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Then he was taken from their sight into the clouds, two angels appeared and instructed the probably bewildered disciples to go back to Jerusalem, where they began to wait and to pray for the gift Jesus had promised.
Prayer is a joy to some of us, and a chore to others, waiting likewise can be filled with anticipation or anxiety....So how do you wait and pray?
1. How do you pray best, alone or with others?
I'm not sure that there is a "best." I suppose that it is much easier for me to listen for God when I am alone. But I often hear more clearly in the presence of others.
2. Do you enjoy the discipline of waiting, is it a time of anticipation or anxiety?
Is there someone out there in the universe who enjoys waiting?
3. Is there a time when you have waited upon God for a specific promise?
There have certainly been times when I have waited for God's promised presence (days, weeks, months, years), and have had to conclude that God is often present to me in absence.
4. Do you prefer stillness or action?
I usually pray when I walk, or walk when I pray; I have kind of given up on stillness at this point in my life. Of course, that could change as soon as tomorrow.
5. If ( and this is slightly tongue in cheek) you were promised one gift spiritual or otherwise what would you choose to recieve?
I really do try to be attentive to God in all things. I fail continuously and consistently. I'm not sure, though, now that I think of it, whether I prefer the gift of attentiveness or the gift of failed attentiveness, which offers graces of its own.
My own personal bonus question: What's your favorite book on prayer?
Beginning to Pray, by Anthony Bloom. One of those books that you read, and re-read, a few sentences at a time.