Our lives are meant to be lived with a constant sense of God’s presence. Naturally when we are concentrating on our work, study or some other activity our awareness of God might not be like when we are in prayer but we have an awareness of God being with us.
Later tonight I am speaking to a few hundred people about forgiveness for an hour and a quarter. It is a tough topic and I find when I am delivering it I have to concentrate very hard on what I am saying, how I am saying it. I am also monitoring the attentiveness levels of those listening as I might need to change direction or the way I am say things in order to increase the clarity of what I am saying for this particular group of people.
While I am speaking there are so many things happening in my mind that I need to be aware of.
While I do pray during the talk, it is the prayer that I have had prior that makes me useable by God as I concentrate on delivery issues and listening to the promptings of God to go one way or the other while the talk is taking place.
It is the same when we have times with our spouses, children, work and the others in our religious communities. Our prayer is what makes us useable in the moments that occur throughout our day.
Yes we may have certain issues to pray about and discern at particular times but our regular life of prayer is what directs our daily steps.
ACTION: Count back over the number days you have prayed this Lent then make a decision to fully engage and be present from now until Easter Sunday.
GOSPEL READING: John 8: 21-30
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