The Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
What if I have never been taught how to personally pray or to talk to God? What if I grew up in a church that never had conversational or personal prayer? What if I offend God? But if you know how to talk and listen then you know how to pray!
If you think that you do not know how to pray, you need to ask yourself, do I know how to talk and listen? If you know how to talk to another person, then you know how to pray! Prayer is basically our communication with the God of the Universe who wants the best for us and to hear from us!
The great wonder is not so much in how we pray, but that God is willing to listen to us! The fact is, our prayer time with God is basically our conversing with Him, through which we express our thanks for who He is, what He did for us, and discover our purpose in life. So, through our prayers, we can be taught and we can grow, by the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Prayer is not just talking to God; it is also meant to further link us to Him and develop our relationship with Him so we can build our faith, character, and maturity. Remember, we have access to God; we have permission to come to Him! Wow! What a privilege we have!
For us to even start to change our fears or laziness or expectations on prayer, we need to realize it is God at work in us, and allow Him to work at His pace. Learning to pray is like learning a new language. It takes that time effort; if we do not use it, we lose it; and, with prayer, we just end up not doing it.
We will continue with How to Pray tomorrow but for now just spend a few moments in silence and practise listening. What do you think God wants to say to you this morning, remembering that He loves you with unconditional love?
We can end this time with the words Jesus used to teach us to pray:
Our Father who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name;
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.
St Joseph pray for us
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen