What is prayer?
Prayer is communicating with God... using words, thoughts or actions (such as making the sign of the cross, or lighting a candle).
Prayer is the raising of the heart and the mind to God. There is an internal awareness of the presence of God. God exists not only outside us, but also inside.
Prayer connects you to God
It is not a one-way conversation.
You talk to God... and God talks to you by changing the way you think and feel about things.
Many people think God is not interested in their problems. But
if we are to find the happiness that God wants us to have, we need a prayer life.
Each time you pray you may want to
Children pray at St Anne's School in Hong Kong
The Lord's Prayer, the Our Father, is a prayer pleasing to God. It begins with 'Our Father'. Clearly God considers us to be His children. And children can always go to their Father for help...and their loving Father will help them. Sadly, many troubled people don't think to ask their Father to help them.
Jesus answers your prayers
Followers of Jesus know from personal experience that their prayers are answered. They do not always get what they want... but they always receive what is best for them.
Jesus taught the need for persistence in asking. Read Luke 11:5. At midnight, a man tries to borrow 3 loaves of bread from his sleeping neighbor. Persistence in asking was needed to have the neighbor get up and give the bread.
To have your prayers answered, be persistent. Believe that Jesus hears your prayers and that He can and will help you... so pray and Jesus will answer you.
Ask in prayer and it will be given, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8)
by David Foster OSB
PRAY ALWAYS AND EVERYWHERE (Saint Ignatius Loyola)
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