The past two reflections have focused on finding a regular place to pray, as well as possibly writing out your prayers which is what I do, especially if I find I am getting distracted easily or find I am finding it hard to focus.
If you met a dignitary, leader or even senior boss it would not be unusual to consider who they were, what you would say to them or even how you would say it.
It is the same when we commence our time of daily prayer. Consider God. Yes that’s right consider who God is as you begin. Each day when I commence my time of prayer I normally say or write what brings me mentally into the presence of God and that causes me to I acknowledge who God is as far as I am capable of understanding.
While the entries from our prayer journals are private and I would not normally share what I have written publicly, I have decided to do so here as people are asking how to pray as we go through this Lenten journey.
My way of praying is just mine. It is not the right way but the way that was taught to me by mentors and that has developed over the years.
How we begin our time of prayer each day is very important.
From my prayer journal the following are the beginning of three different days as I have started my daily prayer;
“Lord thank you for Your love. Lord you are holy and amazing. There is none like you.”
“Lord thank you for your love. Thank you for your presence. Lord You are holy and amazing. Glorious are you.”
“Lord thank you that I can be here. Lord you are holy indeed. Lord help me to serve you with my whole life.”
When we address God we are not just talking to a casual buddy or friend, we are talking to God who made everything and who knows everything there is to know about us. While God seeks to be in a personal relationship with us we cannot treat the relationship exactly the same as if it was our friend.
Acknowledging God’s greatness, holiness, perfection and love immediately brings our mind and emotions to a place that we go to at no other time of the day except when we acknowledge God.
ACTION: As you begin your time of prayer today whether you are sitting on a train, on a chair in your room or sitting before the Blessed Sacrament in a Church or Chapel consider your opening words and sentences to God in prayer. It changes what happens next.
GOSPEL READING: John 3: 14-21
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