Welcome – 12 November

It is unusual for people to pray with their eyes open. As a young boy I was taught that we close our eyes and fold our hands so that we don't fidget. But this is purely a cultural tradition. Prayer occurs in many forms. Paul enjoins Timothy's church to pray with raised hands. Jesus lifts his eyes to Heaven and prays for Lazarus' resurrection. 
Listen to Jesus' counsel to his disciples: 
"Watch and Pray that you do not fall into Temptation"
This says nothing about their tradition or form, but He urges an acute awareness of lurking danger and a simultaneous dependency on God's power. In a sense, we could say Jesus calls His disciples to pray "with eyes wide open".
May we all continue to pray, continually, and intentionally, with eyes wide open, for ourselves, our Christian family, and the world.