Psalm 97:1-2, 3-4, 5-6. 7
Disclaimer: If your prayer is drawing you closer to God, deepening your awareness of God’s presence in your life, and leading you to trust more completely in God’s desire for your well-being somehow: Then keep on praying your way!
But if you sometimes think that something is missing in your prayer, or if you feel as though you are just meaninglessly repeating old formulas, or if you feel most of the time that no one is listening, then try something new!
And if your prayer seems fine, but you sometimes feel like you are missing something, then try something new!
And if everything is wonderful: then try something new! There is more available…
Jesus never intended us to memorize his words and then use them like a mantra – He gave us an example of how to talk with God! So try to pray Jesus’ model of the Lord’s Prayer in your own words, referring to your own life. What would your best friend do if you always said exactly the same thing regardless of how you felt or what was going on?
Meanwhile, try to clean up your own act in how you treat others whom you tend to judge, disdain, or punish. What do you expect God to do when you keep on asking for help, forgiveness, companionship – and refuse to give these to some others in your life?
So when you pray – using Jesus’ example for a guide – make room to admit your faults and failures, and to ask God’s help to you to begin to change your attitude and behavior toward certain others!
Then you are likely to experience something new!
Fr. John M. Lee, C.P. will be on Sabbatical for the next several months.