But when you pray…

Matthew 6:6

Texte correspond en français : La Prière

What is to pray?

   Some people are annoyed when comes the subject of prayer. Some others are unarmed. Still others do not know what it means. There are those who pray lengthily, others shortly and so on. The list could be long. So, what is praying?

   The Old and New Testaments reveal a surprise.  Only two words are used a little in the whole Old Testament to speak of prayer (Psalms 17) and only one word in the New Testament (Matthew 6:6).

   Reading these books, one can see that several words are used in juxtaposition regarding prayer in the original languages. These words express different attitudes, different moods, different expressions for praying: singing, moaning, crying, screaming, and more. These expressions, these attitudes can be prayers according to whether one is in joy, reflection, pain, praise, and so on. It is therefore obvious that prayer is an attitude of the whole being. Rest assured, I do not wander the streets jumping or screaming, although King David did not hesitate to do so practically naked in front of the general public. This wild dance expressed his praise towards his God and for that reason is part of praying.

   Someone will play a musical instrument to express joy or sorrow like these videos found on the social medias. A song and a poetry can be added to it to enjoin a collectivity to share the moods of the artists, either professional or amateur. Cries, tears, whether internal or revealed, can disclose all the suffering of an ordeal or a distress encountered. Whether this prayer is addressed to God or to the humanity or even simply said or kept secret in our heart, the fact remains that it is addressed to life, and life has no secrets. For the self, for others, for God, prayer reveals the most intimate and diverse emotions. During this difficult pandemic that endangers so many lives, I believe that all actions we can undertake to entertain neighbors, to relieve pain, or to express our emotions are useful. Asking urgently, requesting a favor, wishing, calling, invoking, shouting or crying out loud or internally, sighing, groaning, praising, magnifying, confessing, exalting, murmuring, meditating, complaining, rejoicing, singing joyfully or sadly, playing music or simply playing are many ways to reveal life in this world.

   Jesus taught to love our neighbor (Matthew 22:39). Prayer is not limited to ready-made formulas which, too often repeated, end up losing its original meaning. Jesus was a praying man who never ceased praying during His ministry. Granting comfort by a gesture (Luke 10:25-37) or a word or an intent listening (2 Corinthians 13:11) towards one suffering are as many prayers.

This faith in God finds its reciprocity in the one God hold towards humanity through Jesus; a humanity we belong. For God could have erased everything and restart it all. He is confident in the human being as He sent His Son Jesus Xrist so that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3 :16,17)

So then yes, do pray, in all times the way you wish because life goes on and will cross through trials. No doubt that prayers are heard whatever they are.

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’’ John 14 :6

“I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11 :25,26

A propos Yanick Baudequin

Yanick est au Canada depuis 1981. Il a obtenu ses diplômes de cuisine à l’École hôtelière de Gascogne à Bordeaux en France où il a rencontré son épouse. Il a travaillé dans divers restaurants au Québec puis en Ontario. Il vit actuellement à Ottawa avec sa famille. En 1988, il a été ordonné Évangéliste par la Christian Reformed Church in North America, afin d'établir une petite communauté, l'Église chrétienne réformée Saint-Paul. L'assemblée a été fermé en 1999. Yanick, en partenariat avec son épouse, a débuté une entreprise de traiteur, La Gourmandise Ltd, qui continue à opérer aujourd'hui. Il a étudié pendant son ministère à l'Institut de théologie Farel à Québec (Québec), Ottawa Theological Hall à Ottawa (Ontario), Calvin College à Grand Rapids (USA). Il a été ordonné pasteur de l'Église réformée du Québec en 1987. Son but aujourd’hui est de faciliter un dialogue concernant la bible et ses enseignements. Yanick arrived in Canada in April 1981. He was trained as a Cook at the École hôtelière de Gascogne (Catering School) at Bordeaux, France, where he met his wife. He worked in Restaurants in Québec and in Ontario. He lives today with his family at Ottawa in Ontario. In 1988, he was ordained as Evangelist in the Christian Reformed Church in North America to establish a small community named Église chrétienne réformée Saint-Paul that was closed in 1999. In partnership with his wife, Yanick started a catering business in January 2000 named La Gourmandise Ltd that is still operating today. During his ministry, he studied at the Theological Institute of Farel at Québec (QC), Ottawa Theological Hall at Ottawa (Ontario) and Calvin College at Grand Rapids (USA). Meanwhile, he was ordained as a pastor in Église réformée du Québec (Reformed Church of Quebec) in 1987. Today, he desires to share his knowledge concerning the biblical teachings.
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