The Prayer Process
Jul 2, 2017
Think of someone you love: a friend, spouse, or a child. Now imagine what that relationship would look like if you never spoke to that person? What kind of relationship can we possibly have with someone if we never talk to him or her? You see it is impossible to have a deep, dynamic, personal relationship with Jesus without developing an intimate daily conversation with him. Like many of our other relationships, we will want to converse with Jesus both spontaneously and at scheduled times. Each day, we need to set aside some time exclusively for prayer. This focused time of prayer each day, gives us an opportunity to check in with Jesus, to share with him what’s been going on in our lives. It gives us time to listen to Him. Sometimes, like with close friends, we don’t even have to use words, we can just sit in each other’s presence. Whatever our prayer looks like, we simply cannot grow spiritually without a consistent and persistent effort to pray; the Christian life is simply not sustainable without it. Now because prayer is so essential to having a meaningful relationship with God, we can expect the devil to do everything in his power to keep us from praying. His tactics include discouragement, doubt, insecurity, distraction, and many other ways. The most important thing to remember is that all we have to do is do it. There really is no wrong way to pray. There is no wrong way to spend time with someone we love. There may be ways to pray better but it’s hard to improve if we never do it. At its most basic, prayer is a sharing of our lives with God. It is a lifting up of our minds and hearts to God who thirsts and desires to be part of our lives and to share his own divine life with us. Prayer is not the place for trivial conversation that avoids the real issues. Rather it is a place to be vulnerable and brutally honest. It is a place to explore our hopes and dreams, our fears and concerns, our light and our dark sides, and our deepest desires. Prayer is not the place to hold back.
The Prayer Process developed by Dynamic Catholic can help to facilitate an intimate conversation with God about not only the things that are happening in your life, but also the things that are happening deep in your heart and soul- and to discern God’s will for your life. Give it a try!