C4: Ignite Your Catholic Faith – How Am I Supposed to Pray?

By | September 2, 2019

Mary, have you prayed yet, today? Do we have to pray every day? I’ve tried to pray and it seems like nothing happens. I’m not really sure if I’m doing it right. How are we really supposed to pray? Anyone that’s tried it knows
that prayer can be very difficult at times. When I talk to another person,
I get immediate feedback, I can see that person, I can
see their response-I hear their voice. God seems awfully quiet
at times when we try to pray. We often may wonder, “Is anyone even there?”
or “Is God really listening?” or “Am I simply talking to myself?” In my personal prayer life, every day,
I begin the day by meditating on scripture, usually the Gospel for Mass that day and
allowing those words to seep into my heart and my mind and to pick some idea, or some word
that really strikes my heart-I offer the day to God. Throughout the day I try to have
this maybe 10 second conversation with God, where I just lift my mind and
heart to Him-tell Him I love Him. Then, at the end of the day,
I make an assessment of the day, and ask the Lord to show to me how He’s
revealed Himself to me today and ask for His forgiveness. We all know that prayer can be very difficult at times, we can feel that nothing’s going on at all, and yet, in those moments
God is purifying our prayer, calling us beyond perhaps our limited concepts
of who He is, asking us to trust Him and to persevere- just like in any committed relationship- where sometimes communication
can be very difficult or even broken down. Prayer isn’t magic, it isn’t like we can just dial
in our requests and we automatically get what we want. It’s more that we surrender ourselves to
God and we trust that we will get what we need. It’s why Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane is,
in a sense, the most perfect prayer. The Lord Jesus prays, “Father remove this cup of
suffering from Me, yet not My will, but Yours be done.” That prayer of petition doesn’t take away the cross, but it becomes the moment of surrender when
Jesus hands Himself over to the will of the Father. And so it is with us. Perhaps prayer is not so much about
changing God, as it is about changing us, and that when we open ourselves to His presence-
even when it seems that presence is dark and obscure- something will change in us. We will grow in faith, we will grow in our relationship with the Father. It’s the Year of Faith and we’re connecting
Christ and the Catechism of the Catholic Church! Ignite your faith! Share this video with a friend and
spark-up a spirited conversation today! So what’s the next C-4 all about? We invite you to come back and “C-4” yourself!

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