We live now in a world that offers us quick answers to our problems along with quick responses to our needs. Our needs and wants can be fulfilled in no time at all. Products can be purchased with a few strokes on computer keyboards. We can instantly pay for them with credit cards. Our world has shaped us into being impatient people. Amidst all of this, prayer is a last resort in times of difficulty. Prayer is not meant to be a desperation tactic. Consistency, perseverance, and steadfastness create a spirit of prayer that develops spiritual awareness.
Lord, teach us to pray.
Reflect on your own habits of prayer. When do you pray? How important is time for reflection to you?
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.
Miracles happen. But prayer is needed! Prayer that is courageous, struggling and persevering, not prayer that is a mere formality.
Prayer is an act of love; words are not needed. Even if sickness distracts from thoughts, all that is needed is the will to love.
Saint Teresa of Avila
Faith and prayer are the vitamins of the soul; man cannot live in health without them.
Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.
True prayer is neither a mere mental exercise nor a vocal performance. It is far deeper than that – it is spiritual transaction with the Creator of Heaven and Earth.
Prayer begins where human capacity ends.
The desire is thy prayers; and if thy desire is without ceasing, thy prayer will also be without ceasing. The continuance of your longing is the continuance of your prayer.
I believe that prayer is our powerful contact with the greatest force in the universe.