The Art of Contemplation

51 min


We all want to be seen and understood by others. But this desire usually takes the wrong path in our lives, as we base our self-worth on the approval of our peers. In this message, Pastor Suzy Silk examines where this desire comes from and how we can utilize prayer to point this desire in the right direction.

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Teach Us to Pray is a multi-part series from Church of the City NYC on prayer.

Teach Us To Pray | Part 4

Find out what the glory of God looks like, why we need it and how we should respond to it.

Teach Us To Pray | Part 3

Instead of only praying to receive the gift, we should be praying for an encounter with the giver.

Teach Us To Pray | Part 2

Learn how distraction affects your spiritual life and how to redirect your attention towards God.

Teach Us To Pray | Part 1

If we're honest with ourselves, many of us struggle with our prayer lives. But why is that?


More on Prayer

Keep learning more about prayer by picking from the sermons below.

Prayer Is Our Source

In want to grow closer to God and see miracles happen in our lives, we need to be people who pray.

miracle prayer

The Miracle in Motion | Part 3

Persistence produces miracles, and when we learn that sometimes “no” is just part of the process.

The Book of Jonah | Part 2

Praying with precision, passion and purpose, desperation is lifted and destiny comes into view.

The Hannah Hotline

The Hannah Hotline

Go deeper into the importance of prayer and learn three components that we can apply to our lives.

Awakened to Prayer

Discover the power of prayer and unpack the tools that will help you build an effective prayer life.

The Confidence We Have

Will God hear or answer our prayers? And how do we know if what we're praying for is his will?


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Loved this message? Continue watching more from Pastor Suzy and Church of the City NYC.

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Learn the six practical steps towards building other people up, rather than tearing them down.

This Must Be Stronger Than That | Part 12

Most of us long to be seen, but the pursuit of validation can quickly become a drug that enslaves us.

Missional Angst

How can we overcome the cultural hostility towards church to gain confidence in sharing our faith?

Jesus, Women and Leadership

By taking a thorough look at the Scriptures, find out what God has to say about women in leadership.

I AM | Part 3

We try so hard not to be led by anyone, but we end up being radically influenced by something anyway.

This Must Be Stronger Than That | Part 11

Seeing hate all around us might make us feel hopeless, but there's actually a lot we can do.

About this Pastor & Church

Suzy is one of the pastors at Church of the City NYC, a diverse community, with an ambition to see the fame and deeds of God renewed in our time, and to practice a powerful faith that brings renewal to our relationships, workplaces, and neighborhoods.

Located In: New York City

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