Friday, March 12, 2010

What Is Prayer?

Prayer is a source of security.

Of all the things we do on a daily basis, nothing brings us a certain kind of peace than prayer. No matter whether standing in line, driving down a highway, at the office, home, during a class, night or day, prayer is a pause, quietly from our regular activity. During bad times and good, we turn to prayer at our Father's knee. "Oh dear Father, help me say the right thing." We bow our head, or just close our eyes for a moment, we clench our hands together and talk to our Father, "Help me, guide me, keep us safe." We stop everything for a moment and step back from our daily routine, into another realm in communion with our Lord. "Dear Jesus, you know what is best, help me to accept your will." Prayer gives us hope. Prayer then would be a place of security no matter where we are or what we are doing. Prayer is acknowledging God's presence. Praying is seeking Him. Praying often is getting to know Him and His will. Praying unceasing is establishing a relationship with Him, which gives us security.

Prayer comes in many different styles, lengths, and flavors, we can design our prayers according to our own personal needs. With this in mind, we can also know that others are praying for us as we pray. No matter where we are, or what we are doing, we are being prayed for, too! Praying is simple, we can just be silent and ponder how wonderful creation is and our Creator! Constantly thinking and talking to our Lord and God is establishing a relationship with Him, which builds our inner peace Inner peace builds our hope and trust in God.

Start talking with Jesus, starting relating to Him and become a peaceful people.

Here's a prayer written by St. Thomas More as he awaited execution in the Tower of London:

Father in Heaven, you have given us a mind to know you, a will to serve you, and
a heart to love you. Be with us today in all that we might do so that your
light may shine out in our lives.

We pray that we may be today what
you created us to be, and may praise your name in all that we

We pray for your church: may it be a true light to all nations;
may the spirit of your son Jesus guide the words and actions of all Christians

We pray for all who are searching for the truth; bring them
your light and your love.

Give us, O Lord, a humble, peaceable,
patient, tender, and charitable mind and in all our thoughts, words, and deeds a
taste of the Holy Spirit. Give us, Lord, a lively faith, a firm hope, a
fervent charity, a love of you. Take from us all lukewarmness in
meditation, a dullness in prayer. Give us fervor and delight in thinking
of you and your grace, your tender compassion towards me. The things that
we pray for, good Lord, give us grace to labor for. Through Jesus Christ
our Lord. Amen.

1 comment:

Elizabeth Mahlou said...

St. Thomas More's prayer, knowing the circumstances, gives one pause, doesn't it? Thank you for finding it and posting it.