s Christians, one of the great gifts is that of relating to God in prayer. And an even greater gift is God communicating with us. What an awesome experience; to be able to make that link between heaven and earth, between God and ourselves as human beings. Recently, I was traveling on a plane and as I was boarding, walking down the aisle, I noticed so many people with their iPhones either up to their ear or in their hands, ready to talk to someone. I sat down in my seat, opened the magazine and the first thing I laid my eyes on was another iPhone. This is known as the age of communication; where everyone has to have the latest phone or iPad or computer in order to keep up to date with the world. I thought to myself how privileged I am to be able to call on God at any instant without holding an instrument up to my ear. Whether we know it or not, we have a tremendous yearning for God, and God likewise has a deep yearning for us. And prayer is one way of expressing our love and gratitude for God. It is our way of expressing our faith in God. Jesus, at various times asked people who were looking for help or healing, “Do you In So Many Words believe?” We all need forgiveness for our sins and failings, and so we need to pray like Jesus did on By Fr. Charles O’Rourke the cross, asking for forgiveness for ourselves and forgiving those who have offended us. The gospel scene of Jesus meeting the Samaritan woman at the well shows us how important it is to listen to God while at prayer. Jesus, by engaging this woman in small talk, eventually led her to look at herself and see where she was going with her life. Prayer should be with us. Certainly we have a lot of requests to make to God. And at the same time it is important that we try to appreciate God, the goodness of God, the warmth, God’s care for us and God’s wisdom in being there to guide and direct us in our lives. Allowing God to come into our hearts and trying to appreciate God’s presence with us, as well as in the world around us, is a way in which we can cultivate a close relationship with our God as we do in our ordinary life, sharing our most intimate ideas and dreams with a close friend. This calls for a radical trust in our God who embraces us. And God will in turn bring about a radical transformation within us.
Prayer is one way of
expressing our love and gratitude for God. It is our way of expressing our faith in God.
Fr. Charles O’Rourke lives and works in St. Columbans, Nebraska. www.columban.org
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