POWER OF PRAYER
Prayer is real and potent. Praying is something we can all do alone or with others. Prayer can consist of a single word or a phrase, “help” or “God, please help me”. To put it simply, prayer is a form of personal communication with God (talking and listening). When I pray today, it is with less expectation and more about acceptance of the outcome. I seek the ability to seek his will, not mine and believe all will be well no matter what. Sometimes I struggle more with the process but come out stronger in the end.
If you do not believe in prayer or God, I suggest you not continue reading this article as you may find it offensive. You have every right to leave and I respect your convictions in doing so.
Because daily distractions and life-problems can be overwhelming creating a state of fear and paralysis, hopelessness and depression. Available choices may seem limited and desperation takes hold of the soul. What helps me the most is to take action and make time to talk with God seeking answers from within. Spending time with God helps me to become balanced while lifting the veil of negativity and futility. Taking positive action is self-empowering and instills the motivation necessary to move forward towards change.
Beginning the morning with prayer direct my focus and thoughts towards God at the onset of the day. Spending ‘quiet’ time with God is important to establish a friendship knowing it’s not always about asking, but also listening.
WAYS TO COMMUNE WITH GOD
- Your day can begin at anytime — day or night;
- Set aside a specific time each day to spend time with God;
- Invite God into your life not only to be of help, but to enjoy time with your daily routines;
- When negative thought-reruns takes hold, ask God to help redirect your thoughts or say a prayer;
- Place notes with a word or symbol in selected areas of your environment as a reminder to connect with God throughout the day or evening.
Spirituality is a personal journey; it is important you find creative ways that works for you. There is no right or wrong way to develop a relationship with God. I find my time is the most valuable gift I have to offer anyone… and the most difficult to give. And with my time being such a difficult thing to give, it makes it that more meaningful when I put time aside for him.
I certainly don’t have the answers or road map as to how prayer works. It does provide inner-peace and comfort when seeking direction or relief. Over the years with much practice, I have had success in letting go and place my faith in God vs. making things happen. I’ve found through prayer and taking action, the journey becomes easier and more meaningful. Prayer is my gift to God and me!
Each chapter of my life has been filled with lessons and opportunities to grow and deepen my trust and faith in God. No matter the situation, I always take something positive that I have learned. Each challenge validates my trust in the process… and in God.
- During difficult times, payer can help one discern his will for you when seeking guidance;
- It is pleasing to God when you pray, meditate or spend time with him;
- Prayer can help to increase your faith by making God the center of your life;
- Praying can help you change, build trust and acceptance for his will for you;
- Praying for others helps one to become more “God” centered and compassionate;
- Asking for forgiveness in prayer can be healing for all parties;
- When I have difficulties forgiving someone, I pray for them.
The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous contains much wisdom and truth. It discusses acceptance and contains a verse which I often refer to when agitated or off-center. The verse is powerful and helps to nudge me towards the direction of personal accountability and solutions.
“And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing or situation — some fact of my life — unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly
the way it is suppose to be at this moment.
Nothing, absolutely nothing happens in God’s world by mistake… Unless I accept life completely on life’s terms, I cannot be happy.
I need to concentrate not so much on what needs to be changed in the world as on what needs to be changed in me and in my attitudes.” ~The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous
BIBLE VERSES ON PRAYER
“Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 4:6-7
“Watch and pray that you may not undergo the test. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
“In the same way, the Spirit too comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit itself intercedes with the inexpressible groanings. And the one who searches hearts knows that is the intention of the Spirit, because it intercedes for the holy ones according to God’s will.” ~Romans 8:26-27
“But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your father knows what you need before you ask him.” ~Matthew 6:6-16
“Be still, and know that I am God!” ~Psalm 46:11
THE LORD’S PRAYER
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 trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. For thine is the Kingdom,
the power and the glory for ever and ever. Amen¹
PRAYER TO ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI
Lord, make me a channel of thy peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong,
I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony;
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy,
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to
comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.²
Remember that learning to commune with God is a life-long journey. Finally, I hope the information provided will inspire you to begin or continue your walk in seeking God’s will for you.
The fewer the words, the better the prayer.
¹–²EWTN Global Catholic Network