Have a talk with God

Inside of my bible there is bookmark with Jesus giving a child the Eucharist. Across the top reads, “In remembrance of my First Holy Communion.” For long time I thought that it only had one side. Awhile back I turned over the bookmark to find a simple prayer for after communion. It’s obvious that this is intended for a younger age group, but I was struck by a simple invitation to prayer. After suggesting that we should thank God for their parents, and talents, the prayer invites us “whisper a request to Jesus.”

With that little thought, I felt my conception of prayer refocus – quickly.

It can be a common conception that our prayers to God should be somewhat formal in order to “get it right.” Maybe we rely on old standards or mimic the sayings of a holy saint. These “canned” prayers are comfortable to pray because we are familiar with them.

But the suggestion I whisper something to God of our choosing, explaining how I may feel right now seems equally freeing and daunting. Suddenly the mind whirrs into action by asking the common questions like, “What if I say something wrong?”, or worse, “What if I have nothing to say?”

Simple unfamiliarity can provide fertile soil for the development a personal relationship with God. Start the conversation like you would with a friend. Talk about your day. Tell God about your feelings, desires, and doubts.

The Holy Spirit might respond by moving within you and pointing the heart in a certain direction. Or there might be no response, except the anxiety over what to pray is replaced with a certain peace from praying.

Whether we use familiar prayers, contemplate in silence, or speak freely, our individual moments of prayer rest our selves and reconnect with God.

A healthy and vibrant prayer life is not the sole domain of priests and religious. Even the person in the world can be a monk by setting aside the time to pray.

Our whispers can be at anytime. We trust that God will whisper back.


Posted on October 1, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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