“Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.”
― Mahatma Gandh
“If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.”
― Meister Eckhart
“Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.”
― Mother Teresa
“Our prayers have no expiration date. You never know when, where, or how God will answer.”
Let’s Think on Prayer…
When you are ready to give up and too weak to carry on, stop get rid of all the distractions that continue to weigh you down and pray.
As a child I felt that prayer could only be done by people who were really spiritual, because they were the only ones God would listen to. So though we prayed the “Our Father Prayer”, it was just for show, there was no sense of a deliberate act that was expected to yield any real and lasting reward.
As I got older I realized that praying was not limited to a few but anyone could pray! I really understood that prayer is how you feel most connected to God. Also, you get the benefit of having peace of mind when you pray and clarity to make the tough decisions. Prayer is personal; when we pray we do not seek to impress others and God with our eloquence, but we do so from a genuine place, from the heart. I remember as a child I was a sleep in the dark, I woke up suddenly and saw an outline standing over me. I was stiff with fright. I could not move. In that moment when I felt so much fear, the only thing I could do was pray. I closed my eyes tightly and prayed that God would protect me. When I opened my eyes the shadowy figure had disappeared. While there is a positive outcome to that little experience, consider when and why you pray. Do you pray all the time or when you need something? Do you pray on behalf of others, or only yourself and those that mean the most to you? Do you pray because you have designated yourself the chief prayer person, or because you feel compelled to do so? Consider these when you want to pray.
Pray When You…
Pray when you have so much joy that you don’t know what to do with yourself. When the world has gotten a bit too small for all the dreams and plans you want to put into. When you have no one who truly understands your fear, your desires and your failures. When you want to strengthen your relationship with God. When you have become tempted by material gain to the detriment of being compassionate to those around you. When you value the things you have over the relationships you have been gifted. When your happiness is limited to only your success. When you begin to take credit for the things you have been able to accomplish in your lifetime. When you find yourself becoming someone you are unhappy with, pray a whole lot. Pray for the peace and strength needed to remain true on your journey.
Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.