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?


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

A Promise is a Promise

A Promise is a Promise

Sometimes you'll pray and you don't get an answer. But that doesn’t mean that God said no.

The Where & The Way

What do we do when we pray for something and we don't get it, or we get it but later lose it?

miracle prayer

The Miracle in Motion | Part 3

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

Communicating with God | Part 2

When we pray to God, our relationship grows when we're honest about how we're feeling on the inside.

How To Pray Like Jesus

Have you ever caught yourself mid-prayer wondering if you’re doing it right? Is there a right way?

Why I’m Going To Talk To God More

The more we talk to God and put our trust in him, the less fearful and anxious we become.


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

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Dive deeper into Jesus' claim in John 13, in which he says he is the way, the truth and the life.

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.

I AM | Part 5

Explore John 10:9-10, in which Jesus claims to be the way to the Father and the way to life.

I AM | Part 3

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

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

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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