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Understanding Our Catholic Faith

How We Witness to Christ: Jesus Prays

Jesus Prays
 

"So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you."
Luke 11:9

A Man of Prayer

Jesus was a man of prayer. He prayed alone on a mountaintop; he prayed as he was baptized; he prayed before choosing his Apostles; and he prayed during his agony in the garden before his arrest. Jesus prayed often, and eventually his disciples asked him to teach them how to pray. Jesus responded by teaching his disciples the Lord's Prayer.

Jesus not only prayed often, but he prayed with confidence of being heard. His example is one of serenity and trust. Yet most people find it difficult to pray as Jesus prayed. A busy life, unfruitful liturgical experiences, or spiritual emptiness can be obstacles to prayer. The question may arise in the human heart, "What good does it do to pray?"

Learning to Pray

"Prayer is the raising of one's mind and heart to God" (CCC 2559). In sadness, emptiness, and great need, find the humility to turn to the Father, who is always ready to meet you. Whatever your faults or grievances, "God tirelessly calls [you] to that mysterious encounter known as prayer" (CCC 2567). So persevere in prayer. Go with your family or friends to worship together at Mass. Willingly surrender your struggles to God. The next time you take a moment to have a cup of tea or coffee, invite him along for a short visit.

Reflect

  • Is prayer a part of your daily life right now?
  • In what ways has prayer changed you?
  • What are the things you surrender to God in prayer?

Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, draw me closer to you in prayer that I may come to know you and see myself as you do. Amen.

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