Morning Breakfast With the Word June 18 2020
It is so certain that we do pray to God, it is not debatable that many do not fail to attend prayer sessions and Holy masses at least every Sunday and even societies and meetings but the question for us is how do we do them? Do we mean our prayers? After taking time to teach us not to do like the Pharisees, Jesus then shifted his attention telling his followers not to pray like the gentiles and pagans of His time who use empty phrases and also think that the more words they say, is a way to push God into action.
- To fully understand this let us go to the root. Empty here means phrases that have no meaning, often we hear people insert sounds and meaningless statements thinking that the more we do them the more God hears us. This does not mean that one can not be moved by the Spirit. But today many fake everything, turning prayer to a level of acting out. Sometimes many of us think our prayer is not answered if we do not see any person fall or act out during prayers. We forget that our Lord Jesus spent most prayerful moments in silence. Our Prayers should come from the heart and inspired by the power of the Holy Spirit. Let us make the prayer real.
- Empty also involves when we go to God and just utter the prayers without concentration nor meaning them. Jesus says “these people draw near with their mouth and honour me with their lips, while their hearts are very far from me” (Isaiah 29:13; Matthew 15:8). Sometimes at prayers we read the words in a book without truly making the words a prayer. Jesus is looking for worshipers whose spirits (i.e., minds, hearts, and thoughts) are engaged in what they say. Those who worship God in Spirit and truth (. John 4:23). We should never hide behind fine sounding words while our minds are very far away from God.
- The gentiles and pagans think that in order to garner the attention of their gods that they must in essence pester them with a multitude of words. Like the prophets of Baal in 1 Kings 18:20-40. This means that before we come to God we have to see that we are coming to meet “Our Father”, we have to pray with faith that He is there listening to us, we do not treat him like the pagans do. We talk to Him like a child talks to the Father. This will help us to say the prayers with humility knowing fully that we are addressing our Creator and Father. Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him, must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. ( Heb 11:6). When we try to open our mouth to pray, do not forget to mean the prayer. Make it real. Prayer is not a waste of time neither is it a drama.
May God help us dearest and give us the grace to continually come close to Him. May He answer your prayers in a way you least expected Amen.
*Fr Sanctus Mario*