The disciples asked Jesus how to pray and
He taught them the "Our Father" prayer.
He said to address oneself in prayer in the same way as one would come to one's
own biological father; with trust and confidence of being heard and taken care of.
I can't help but to think about all the children who has grown up without the presence
of a father and also of all those who has grown up in the presence of an aggressive
and violent father, something that can destroy all trust in men and father figures.
Because it's about trust and faith. The prayer that comes from the heart is pure.
And after a prayer of supplication we have to LET GO.
We do not dwell or worry about it, we simply continue to pray in confidence.
When our minds comes back to torment us with the : "but what if my prayers aren't
heard" thoughts, because that will probably happen, it is Satan who wants to
We tell him to go away.
The most important element in a Catholic's life is total surrender of ourselves.
"Your will be done on earth (in us) as it is in Heaven"
Doing acts of Faith every day, during an ordinary day there are many opportunities
to do that.
Never to lose focus that we are all one day going to pass through the door of
physical death. That reminder is in so many of our prayers, to help us to get a
proper perspective on our daily life today.
The "what if I don't get this or that" ought to be replaced with " thank you Lord,
for everything you have given me".
If the focus is always on the one thing that we don't have, we put a veritable blockage
in the way.
That doesn't mean that we don't continue to pray for it, but the most important thing is
that we hand ourselves over into His hands.
If the problem persists it provides us however with a way to come much closer to
the Lord; we can totally accept the situation as it is and let go of all resistance to it.
We can offer up to God our sufferings like a gift and unite them to His sufferings
for us. It is true freedom.