Pray With Us
Intentional disciples pray.
“The present problem is not that of atomic energy, but that of the human heart.”
The human heart is a mystery which Jesus alone fulfills. Prayer begins by simply expressing my desire to Him that I want to be with Him.
There are persons who are Baptized and Confirmed, who receive Holy Communion, who even are in a state of grace as living temples of the Holy Spirit, yet who pass through their whole lives this side of heaven without ever having experienced a heart-to-heart relationship with the Heavenly Father, the one whom Jesus knows tenderly as “Abba” (cf. Mark 14:36). God made us to savor the absolute delights of deep joy that come from encountering Him and knowing Him.
“Apart from me you can do nothing.”
Practically speaking, prayer is conversation with God. I leave all my duties and earthly cares to recollect myself in the little heaven of my soul, to place myself humbly in intimate contact with God. I withdraw from the commotion of the world, from the occupations and preoccupations dividing my attention simply to be with God. It is retiring into solitude in order to renew my spirit by means of a more direct and more personal encounter with God.
Whenever we pray we apply Jesus’ great commandment: “Seek first the Kingdom of God” (Matthew 6:33). In order to find and experience God’s Kingdom hidden in our soul, we must have moments of retirement in solitude simply seeking God.
We can find God. Indeed, He wants to be discovered. And to find God in prayer, we must begin by making this very firm decision of our will to put aside everything and concentrate on God. That is, to give ourselves freely to God with our minds unoccupied by other things. Prayer is both the giving of our time to God along with the giving of our hearts to Him so to reach that intimate interior hiding-place where God conceals Himself.