TWO DIMENSIONS OF PRAYER
If you’re a tennis player, you may be familiar with The Inner Game of Tennis by W. Timothy Gallwey. Gallwey points out that when we watch a game of tennis between two players, we see only the outer game. We see only the serves, the volleys, and the moves of the players. What we don’t see is the inner game — that is, the game that goes on in the minds of the players. It is this inner, invisible game of tennis that Gallwey writes about. What is true of tennis is true also of prayer. There is an outer dimension of prayer and an inner dimension. The outer dimension is what we see: a person sitting in a chair, Bible on the lap, and eyes closed in silent meditation. What we don’t see is the inner dimension of prayer — that is, what is going on inside the person. From Experiencing Prayer: Three Settings, by Mark Lind, S. J.
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