Tag: Prayer

Praying Day and Night

Jesus teaches us of “The necessity (for them) to pray always without becoming weary.” Luke 18:1 Psychology 101 tells us that, in case of repeated failure, the desired outcome cannot be attained unless the stimulus is reinforced by some success. This...

Our Prayers of Petition

There are circumstances in which, in our prayer of petition, we can be as confident and as daring as Abraham was (bordering on impudence) as he haggled with God on behalf of people dear to him. (cf. Genesis 18:20-32) But, in his Letter to the...

The Power of Now

The conveniences and immediate gratifications of the twenty-first century have brought many benefits to our lives. With just a couple clicks we can have groceries assembled for us, we can send a message and receive a response in a matter of seconds...

Lord, Teach Us to Pray

It is another Monday morning. The weekend was great but not long enough. The hustle and bustle of the day has begun. You are rushing to get off to work to avoid the morning traffic. You have driven to work so many times that the sights pass by...

The Ear of the Heart

Prayer can be like an hourglass at its narrowest point. At this point everything flows to it and everything flows from it. All flow is silent. Silence is a great help to listening. Listening to God is a little more difficult than listening to a...

But For Whom Should We Pray?

Continuing my series of articles on prayer, I’d like to address the question “But for whom should we pray?” The simple answer is for almost everyone. But there is a hierarchy of prayer. We must start by praying for ourselves and...

Two Kinds of Prayer

If we were to divide prayer into its two simplest forms, there are two kinds of prayer, vocal prayer and mental prayer. Vocal prayer is spoken prayer using set words; walk into a Catholic church during Mass or devotions and you’ll hear vocal prayer...

Prayer and Service

Although prayer and service have many splendors within Christianity, one cannot exist without the other. Prayer is spiritual respiration to the soul, which oxygenates Christian service. Pope John XXIII said, “Perfume all your actions with the life...