Throughout the videos that we have watched on this Lenten journey we have touched on many different issues such as surrendering to God, coming back to God, trusting God, keeping on through the struggles of life, celebrating God in our life, responding to the leadings that God puts before us, etc.
Lent is an intense fortyday season when we reflect and make changes to the way we are living as we ask God to come into our ‘everyday’ lives more fully. Through Lent we reflect on our need for God.
The daily videos and written reflections are an addition to the daily Gospel readings and place the emphasis on God and what God did to express His love for us.
If prayer is being present to God through talking and listening to God then how do we do this on a consistent basis?
In the next few reflections we are going to look at some ways to pray. For this reason this might be a few paragraphs longer today.
You might be a ‘veteran prayer’ and if this is the case then keep going as you are.
For many Catholics the Mass is central to their prayer life but there are also many of us who do not know what to do and how to pray.
Prayer is being present to God’s presence. Think of it this way there is nothing you can say to God that He doesn’t already know. There is no feeling you have that He is not already completely aware of. The words we think we must use in prayer are for our benefit because God already knows what we are going to say.
Prayer is therefore about honesty before God and because of this the words we use are important.
I use to think that ‘good’ prayers were done in a certain way, that there was a formula. That those prayers from books or those at Church on Sunday were the right way to pray and that my own words were not as good. This is not true.
The prayers in books and at Church on Sunday often contain truths about God that maybe we do not know and therefore they are helpful to our prayer and understanding of God.
Your words and thoughts are important because they reflect who you are. I was taught by my mentors to write my prayers out in a journal everyday. I have done this since 1973. It has changed my life.
In the next few days let’s explore how we might pray.
ACTION: Because God knows everything about you, what do you want to say to Him today as you walk through your day?
GOSPEL READING: Luke 11: 14-23
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