Deniliquin Pastoral Times

You must make time to pray

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

‘‘Lord teach us to pray just as John taught his dis­ci­ples.’’ Luke 11:1.

I asked many, both young and old, if they have time for prayer? Their re­sponse is ‘‘no’’.

Many said they have no time to pray, some said ‘I don’t need to pray’, while some oth­ers said they don’t know how to pray.

What about you? Do you pray? Do you know how to pray?

When I was read­ing this scrip­tural pas­sage from Luke, I was touched with the ea­ger­ness and hunger for prayer of his dis­ci­ples. Not all peo­ple have the same at­ti­tude like them.

With this, I came to a ques­tion of: What is prayer? Why do we need to pray?

I heard many sto­ries of mir­a­cles around the world and their com­mon tes­ti­mony is be­cause they prayed to the Lord.

I re­mem­ber the words of Matthew the evan­ge­list, who wrote: ‘‘Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.’’ Matthew 7:7.

Some peo­ple were al­ways ask­ing some­thing from the Lord but don’t want change in their lives.

I think when the Lord gives, it will change your life. Prayer is vi­tal for a Chris­tian.

With­out it, it is dif­fi­cult to en­ter into a re­la­tion­ship with the Lord and to grow in all the virtues that bring us closer to him.

St Cather­ine of Siena from her book ‘The Di­a­logue’ says per­fect prayer is not at­tained through many words, but through af­fec­tion of de­sire, the soul rais­ing her­self to me, with knowl­edge of her­self and of my mercy.

St. Therese of Lisieux once said, ‘‘prayer is the se­cret to joy, hap­pi­ness and peace’’.

I think she’s right, when you pray you will find light and peace.

Prayer is not mere words, it is more on lis­ten­ing to the Lord.

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