Pray Always (1/2)

Pray Always (1/2)

Our blessed Lord Jesus minces no words when He says, “Pray always.” Of course, He is not speaking merely to a few disciples in distant times, but to all Christians throughout the ages.

Because He never requires the impossible, it is for us to take His instruction to heart and live it ourselves.

Committed followers of Christ seeking to live in the heart of His Church – intentional disciples – receive special graces needed to “pray always.” Indeed, intentional disciples understand their vocation as being persons of prayer living in the world.

Despite distractions and difficulties, we must firmly believe that we can pray always, trusting not in our feeble effort but fully confident in the power and mercy of Christ Jesus the Lord!

Thérèse of Lisieux, the Little Flower, describes prayer in this manner: “For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.”

As an exchange of love carried on throughout the day, prayer easily can happen wherever we are – at home, at work, at play. On our part we only need to turn our soul to God Who is within us and unite our actions to His holy will, simply expressing our desire that we want to live for love of Him and with Him. Then, all of our actions – our entire day – becomes a constant prayer.