Recently I received a collection of prayers and reflections on prayer from a dear friend who has always been a source of encouragement to me. Today I would like to share a few of them with you (more on prayer to come later):
God answers prayer - I know not by what methods rare, but this I know - God answers prayer. I know not when He sends the word that tells us fervent prayer is heard. I know it comes soon or late; therefore we need to pray and wait. I know not if the blessing sought will come in just the way I thought. I leave my prayers with Him alone, whose will is wiser than my own! (unknown)
The perfect prayer - The perfect prayer isn't the most poetic, volume, eloquence; and proper grammar play no part in its power. It doesn't require ANY special words. The perfect prayer may not contain words at all! A sigh, a groan, a tear -they can all be prayers. Any praise or plea, directed at God from a sincere heart, is perfect in His eyes. What happens next is a mystery. God takes the deepest longings of our souls and acts on them. The answers we receive may look completely different from those we had in mind, but we can trust that God's answers, like our heartfelt prayers, are perfect. (unknown)
Disposition in prayer - “Each of you should use whatever gifts you have received to serve others as faithful stewards of God's Grace in its various forms”. (1 Peter 4:10)
Openness to the effects of prayer - God does not choose those who are ready....God readies those whom He chooses! (unknown)
So the next me you feel you are not worthy to be heard, remember that in your Baptism you are already a child of God the Father though Jesus Christ OUR brother who gave us His mother Mary to be our spiritual mother...don’t be timid in talking intimately to your heavenly family asking for their help and guidance along the way.