Is Our Prayer-Life in Good Shape?

 

During the second Sunday of Lent, we are told of the transfiguration of Jesus when he prayed; his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white. Also, Jesus took Peter,John and James up to a mountain to pray. Notice how the word pray appears twice? Thus, Jesus invites us to reflect and look at our prayer-life. The gospel gives us this invitation,“Then from a cloud came a voice that said,”This is my chosen Son; listen to him”(Luke 9:28B-26). 

For myself, I do not have a fixed time that I pray. I could be taking a bus ride and also praying in my heart. It is simple and we can pray in the depths of our heart at anytime of the day. However, the content of the prayer is the subject of scrutiny as often it is one of bargaining with God. Lord, if you answer my prayers, I will do this and that for you. We make God our God in forcing him to answer our prayers which is not the right way to pray.

Our prayer life should focus on praying with Jesus and asking him to give us the grace and wisdom to overcome our failures and discern where improvements need to be made. Prayer is a conversation with Jesus in the privacy of our hearts and our own time. Jesus knows that we have one hundred and one things in our lives that need our attention but he knows that these can be set aside for now as nothing is more important than spending time with him.

Jesus knows our faults and sins that he is willing to forgive and point us in the right path. He knows that we are burdened time and time again from responsibilities that we feel burnt out, cold and disheartened. Going away from the hustle and bustle of our lives is not running away as finding time to be away with Jesus is important. It helps us to reconnect with him through prayer and meditation, knowing that he loves and cares for us even when the world may have taken us for granted or that we have been pushed aside.

All it takes is one crisis and we come running back to Jesus but we should not wait for that crisis to happen. Rather, we should find time to seek that mountain and make that journey to the top where we will be rewarded and thankful not just for the sunrise or the breathtaking view; time spent with Jesus is the best time of all.

As we proceed to Jesus’passion, may we find time to converse with Jesus. A few sentences for starters before having a conversation with him. Jesus is patient and he waits for us to answer and open the doors of our hearts to him. Come Jesus, we have alot to catch up with!

To end off this blog post, this song”Come As You Are” by Crowder fits the call of Jesus to pray, reflect and converse with him for he knows all that we keep in our hearts and the things on our mind. God Bless!

“Come out of sadness
From wherever you’ve been
Come broken hearted
Let rescue begin
Come find your mercy
Oh sinner come kneel
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal

So lay down your burdens
Lay down your shame
All who are broken
Lift up your face
Oh wanderer come home
You’re not too far
So lay down your hurt
Lay down your heart
Come as you are

There’s hope for the hopeless
And all those who’ve strayed
Come sit at the table
Come taste the grace
There’s rest for the weary
Rest that endures
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t cure

So lay down your burdens
Lay down your shame
All who are broken
Lift up your face
Oh wanderer come home
You’re not too far
Lay down your hurt
Lay down your heart
Come as you are
Come as you are
Fall in his arms
Come as you are
There’s joy for the morning
Oh sinner be still
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal”

Written By: Darren Chan Keng Leong

 

 

 

 

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