A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
January 18, 2020
October 20, 2019
It’s an interesting thing about prayer; we pray for others and we draw closer to God. The prayer always benefits from the act of praying for themselves or others. Prayer has the ability to change how we see and understand a situation – even if we are asking God to help us through a difficult time, in the act of praying we often come to understand that others are far worse off than we are. Prayer calls us to reflect on the plight of others and ourselves.
In today’s gospel Jesus reminds his disciples to pray without becoming weary and we remember in Scripture also; pray without ceasing. We are reminded by Jesus of the importance of being in direct communication with God through prayer. Our relationship with God is nurtured and matured when we think about, listen and talk to God. We need to be pray-ers and as Christians we believe in the power of prayer, knowing by faith that God does hear and answer our prayers.
I am reminded of a song by Garth Brooks, “Thank God for Unanswered Prayers”; as the song goes he tells of how he prayed he would never lose his first love, he was so sure he would be with her forever. But that relationship did not last and God sent him the woman he would marry and love for all time. And he sings, “Thank God for unanswered prayers.” How many times in our lives have we experienced that same scenario? How many times have we felt that God did not answer our prayers only to look back and see that in fact, he did – he saw us through a difficulty and greater good that we could not have thought came out of it.
If even Jesus prayed to his Father, how much more important is it that we do as his disciples? Jesus gifted us with many things, one of the most important – stay close to his Father, Our Father! Do you take time every day to pray? Do you share your life of joys and sorrows with God? Do you take time to listen to what God might be saying to you, or do you never stop asking for what you need? Do you ask for God’s guidance to make right decisions and do you thank God for all you have been gifted in life?
Remember, we define prayer as “talking to or listening to God” – and it seems most of us have the talking part down really well. Let us take time this week to deliberately sit in silence with God. I can tell you if you do not have the practice of doing so, it will be difficult. Why?
Because it is difficult to clear our minds and simply be quiet, however, the more you practice doing so, the more you will enjoy your time alone with God. May you hear in