Build your foun­da­tions with prayer

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - NEWS - ~ Con­trib­uted by Fa­ther Line Abil­gos of St Michael’s Catholic Church, on be­half of the Com­bined Churches of De­niliquin.

‘‘Je­sus de­parted to the moun­tain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God. When day came, he called his dis­ci­ples to him­self . . .’’

There was a say­ing that, ‘if you want to build high, first, dig deep’. I am not an engi­neer, but I was a builder. In my younger days, I would go with my fa­ther or with my el­der brother to build homes and even work in the build­ing con­struc­tion sites.

I had been in this kind of work be­fore I en­tered the sem­i­nary.

To build homes or a tower, it needs a strong foun­da­tion.

Je­sus spent the night in prayer to God be­fore He chose His dis­ci­ples.

In fact, He im­mersed Him­self in prayer be­fore mak­ing any de­ci­sion or mis­sion.

His whole, though He was God, was founded on His re­la­tion­ship with His Fa­ther which He nur­tured and nour­ished in prayer.

With­out prayer (dig­ging deep), all our work (build­ing high) is in vain, empty and self-serv­ing.

With­out prayer, we be­gin to be­lieve that life is all about us.

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