Prayer is the oxygen of the soul. - Saint Padre Pio.
A candle goes out when it lacks oxygen.
The wick and the wax are lifeless without the flame.
Matches don’t work without oxygen.
Life doesn’t work without prayer.
We don’t work without prayer. Human beings need to pray; it is the oxygen of the soul, opening it to God and filling it with life-giving grace.
In all the Gospels the Disciples only asked Jesus to teach them one thing, and that was how to pray. Prayer was something they had grown up with. In their culture, everyday was divided up into times of prayer. It was only after being with Jesus that they realised that apart from the ritual and the cultural expectations, they really didn’t know how to pray. As a result of this request from the Disciples, we have the best loved and best known prayer in the world.
Most often referred to as ‘The Lord’s Prayer,’ it would be more accurately named if it was ‘The Disciples Prayer’ or The Model Prayer’.
We need to free ourselves of a bad theology of prayer and bad experiences of prayer.
The best way to do that is through the regular exercise of prayer.
Normalising prayer through personal daily rhythms that become well worn and well known paths.
Prayer practices change as we mature, we should outgrow them and as we do, we need to ask the Lord to teach us to pray in a new way.
Don’t fall for the lie that you’re not worthy to pray, not good enough or spiritual enough.
The enemy of your soul will do everything possible to put your light (prayer) out, in the words of John Wesley,
“In Christ we gain more, than in Adam we lost.”
So, as they say in church, “Let us Pray!”
Grace and Peace,