The End

Inspired by Daniel to spend an adequate amount of time each day in prayer, more often than preferred I fall short. Though captive and a servant, Daniel’s favor with God is easily understood when his prayer life alone is considered. No matter what – even when faced with violating the king’s order not to pray at the risk of being thrown in a pit filled with lions – Daniel prayed three times a day! (Daniel 6:10) What possible excuse can be offered for not matching his devotion?

With no envious supervisors or governors consumed by sinister motives or plots against me, no laws banning prayer, no enslavement to hinder my freedom as Daniel faced, I struggle to understand how twenty-four hours can slip by without fervent prayer humbly offered to such a deserving Creator. Unfortunately, for me, it does.

Fortunately, Church tradition includes vocal, meditative, and contemplative expressions of prayer to help exercise daily communication with God. Vocally, even when I fall short of saying my rosary or other favorite prayers chosen over the years, the Our Father is available to unite me with God and was the way Jesus taught us to pray. It takes so little time. Meditation is the form of prayer in which I am most successful because all things seen or experienced draw me back to God; it is impossible to use my five senses and not think of The Almighty. Contemplative prayer which includes intensity and silence is often the most elusive.

In Romans, Paul describes conflict that hinders keeping the Law. When I read his passage I am reminded that some of it would also serve to describe the battle I fight to achieve consistent prayer: “I do not understand what I do; for I don’t do what I would like to do, but instead I do what I hate.” (Romans 6:15)  The hatred is in failing to give God a respectable measure of time in prayer every day that I live.

When guilt taunts me for not spending enough time in prayer each day I rush for comfort in the first book of Chronicles. Nearly hidden there is a most potent prayer that I found so simple yet God answered it in full. And, the powerful story is so short that I completely overlooked it the first time I read the bible.

After listing the descendents of Judah, Chronicles only explains that there was a man named Jabez, who was the most respected member of his family. His mother had given him the name Jabez, because his birth had been very painful. “But Jabez prayed to the God of Israel, “Bless me, God, and give me much land. Be with me and keep me from anything evil that might cause me pain. And God gave him what he prayed for.” 1 Chronicles 4:10  It isn’t prayers of petition that I strive for, it’s those that offer my humble adoration, love, thanksgiving, and praise to God as He so richly deserves every day.

Remembering to say ‘Good Morning’ to God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, the Blessed Mother, St. Joseph, and all the angels and saints comes easily. The difficulty comes thereafter in the faithfulness it takes to expand that greeting into wholly immersed heartfelt adoration daily!

 

“And you, Daniel, be faithful to the end. Then you will die, but you will rise to receive your reward at the end of time.”              Daniel 12:13

 

 

{Thank you for spending some time with me. May God Bless you always.}

2 thoughts on “The End

  1. My prayer life is a bit akin to the background hum of the radio on all day- every so often I might turn up the volume as I offer up urgent heartfelt prayers but at other times I am gently aware of God and have a quiet conversation with him, probably about nothing in particular. I don’t think he minds that sometimes my prayer is low key because he knows that he is always there in the midst of it!

  2. That is a wonderful testament to how prayer should be in the fiber of one’s subconscious as well as conscious state. My dilemma is allowing worldly distractions – justifiable or not – to interfere with my quest to reach the deepest connection possible adoring our Father each day. Thank you for allowing me to view another means. May God Bless you always.

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