Struggling to Pray Well

thumbnail25In this blog, as I share with you thoughts and encouragement concerning praying for our loved ones, I am drawing upon the great treasures of our Church.  One of those treasures is our present Archbishop of Seattle, Peter Sartain, whose gift of communicating well brings to us glimpses into the very heart of Jesus, and helps us to think with the very mind of the Father.  So, in this post I am going to share a portion of Archbishop Peter’s introductory essay in the October 2014 issue of Northwest Catholic:

“Like Abraham, we all do our share of bargaining with God. (see Genesis 18)  Like Jacob, we do our share of wrestling with God. (see Genesis 32)  Like Jonah, we do our share of running from God. (see Jonah 1)  Like Peter, we do our share of denying God. (see Matthew 26, Mark 14, Luke 22)  And like Thomas, we do our share of doubting Him. (see John 20)

“At times we are quite conscious of bargaining, wrestling, running, denying or doubting;  a day of distraction or a night of tossing and turning might be the result….At times we pray for things we wrongfully judge to be good for us (or, for our loved one! -jc) when in fact they would not be; we pray for only a little when God wants to give us a lot;  we pray for a quick fix when God wants to heal us….

“There is no reason to fear when we seem to hit a roadblock in prayer, for the Spirit intercedes on our behalf.  Our sight is conditioned by what we know and experience, but the Holy Spirit knows and sees all things with eternal clarity.  He prays in us and for us, that we might grow in our desire for what is truly right for us and for those for whom we pray.  The Spirit ‘intercedes for the holy ones according to God’s will.‘ (Romans 8:27)”

Opening your New Testament to Romans 8 and slowly  reading that entire chapter would be a good exercise in prayer and meditation.  As our Archbishop reminds us, “Our ultimate goal is that our desires become one with God’s desires….When our wills are one with His, we are at peace.”

Shalom,  jc