Originally Posted Monday, December 5, 2005
This prayer by Henri Nouwen was included in an Advent Devotional Guide that Truro Church published a few years ago. It is very appropriate for Advent with its theme on waiting on the Lord, resting in His presence, and asking the Lord to “create new doors” in our lives that we might draw closer to Him.
Teach Me to Pray
Every day I see again that only you can teach me to pray,
only you can set my heart at rest.
Only you can let me dwell in your presence.
No book, no concept or theory will ever bring me close to you
unless you yourself are the one who lets them become the doors to you.
But Lord, let me at least remain open to your initiative.
Let me wait patiently and attentively for the hour when you will come
and break through the walls I have erected.
Create new doors.
Teach me, O Lord, to pray