1 Thessalonians 5:17
"Pray without ceasing, "
How often I failed in my duty to God,
because I was not leaning on the strong pillar of prayer.
--St. Teresa of Avila
One of the few duties God requires from us is the power of prayer. Yet prayer can be so overwhelming, especially if it is not directly related to our own needs. So many of life's nuances prevent us from actively seeking and wanting to do this simple task.
"I don't have the time." Prayer is considered an occupation incompatible with all the other things we have to do.
"I get distracted." Concentration becomes difficult and we easily give up.
"I feel unattached." It seems that the heart is separated from God, with no
taste for thoughts, memories, and feelings, even spiritual ones.
"Prayer is not my first priority."
Prayer is not something naturally innate. It is not product implanted in our souls the moment we are birthed. It is not a bundle set to open the moment we reach maturity that will drive us into a heavenly state every time we think of it. No, prayer is a battle. A battle with each day's endeavors that must be given top priority or else it will rest on the back burner of the many requirements of life.
We must pray without ceasing, in every
occurrence and employment of our lives - that prayer which is rather a habit of lifting up the heart to God as in a constant communication with Him. --Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
We must pray without tiring, for the salvation of mankind does not depend on material success; nor on sciences that cloud the intellect. Neither does it depend on arms and human industries, but on Jesus alone. --St Frances Xavier Cabrini
In Matthew 14:23, it says,
"And when He had sent the multitudes away,
He went up into a mountain apart to pray:
and when the evening was come, he was there alone."
Wisdom when we don't know what to do. (James 1:5).
In Philippians 4:6,7,prayer is connected with receiving God's peace.
In Ephesians 6:18, prayer is a very important part of battling the forces of evil.
We are also told to pray for those in Authority over us. (I Timothy 2:1,2).
Make time this week to practice the beauty of prayer. The power of prayer is for you and your family, AND for all those you encounter each day. Pray for our world leaders, and for those that steer this economy. Prayers are answered and remember, prayers in multitude are heard.
For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them." - Matthew 18:20