My dear friends, the purpose of this blog is to share with you some thoughts to help us deepen our Faith. Over the coming weeks to hope to do that, the written word gives us more time to reflect and examine ourselves in the light of God's love.
PRAYER THE OXYGEN OF LIFE
Prayer has much more to do with God's search for us than our search for Him. We could have no knowledge of Him unless He chose to reveal Himself to us Our prayer is a response to God's will. There is only one prayer, and that is the prayer of Christ. It is a prayer of the Holy Spirit living in us. How else do we understand the words of scripture:
If any man is thirsty, let him come to me:
Let him come and drink, who believes in me.
as Scripture says, from his breast will flow
fountains of living water. John. 7:38
Prayer is not something "I do". It is something that takes place in me. It is the Holy Spirit who prays in me.
The Spirit of God has made his home in you.......
The Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead
lives in you........
When we cannot choose words in order to pray properly,
the Spirit himself expresses our plea in a way
that could never be put into words. Romans.8
So the art of prayer is in large measure not learning how to do something, but learning what needs to happen so that the Holy Spirit in me can move freely. It is learning how to establish a state of active receptivity in me This is what our journey is all about. Methods of prayer are just forms to establish this receptivity.
Prayer is the stream of love within me calling out to the Father. We are used to thinking of prayer as "my prayer". The first thing we need to do is to pass beyond this egoism so that "my prayer" does not even become a possibility. STOP, BE STILL: and allow God to work in us.
But to really stop: to be really still: to really allow God to reveal Himself to us - this requires great generosity and courage on our part.