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Why do we close our eyes to pray?

That's what my youngest daughter asked me at the dinner table a while back.

"Great question!" I said, not really sure how to answer her.

"Because everyone else does," was the only thing I could think of. Surely, we might close our eyes to avoid distraction (although I have many distractions behind my eyelids), which is noble, but I had to wonder, would there be any value to us keeping our eyes open with expectation of connecting with the presence of God and with those who are praying with us? What would we see, what would we experience?

I don't know, but I think I might try it!

Do you ever pray with your eyes open?

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