Prayer begins with
something we can
by telling God where I happen to be at this particular time:
“God, I’m feeling great today. . . .
God, I’m exhausted. . . . Jesus, I’m
sad and I don’t know why. . . . God,
I’m so worried about so-and-so. . . .
God, I’m really mad.” In prayer, it’s
often good to start just where we are
and go from there.
An old maxim says, “If you are
too busy to pray, you are too busy.”
This means we must make time for
prayer by making time for it in our
day just as we schedule other important activities. We don’t wait to find
time for prayer or pray only when
we feel like praying. If we did that,
we would probably pray very little.
No, if we want to become prayerful
persons, we pray every day.
What time of day works best?
Maybe morning is a good time, before things get too hectic. Or maybe
you prefer a prayer break in the
middle of the day, or in the evening
when the day is winding down.
Whatever time you choose, prayer
must be a priority for you—because
God is important to you, because
you deeply desire a personal relation-
ship with Jesus, because you really
need God’s Spirit.
Prayer is a two-way street. During prayer we talk to God, but we
also give God the chance to talk
to us. So sometimes we use words
when we pray; other times we don’t.
Thomas Merton, a famous Trappist
monk, once told a friend to quit try-
ing so hard in prayer. He said, “How
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“Let the root of love abide within you: Only
good can grow from this root.” -St. Augustine
READING the Bible
is an ancient prayer
form, and many
exist to assist
Catholics who use
scripture in prayer.
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