The power of prayer
July 30, 2014
IF only we know the great
and true power of prayer! Our problem is that we often relegate this
duty of ours practically to oblivion, banishing it to exile and
branding it entirely as useless, as just fantasy, too abstract to have
any impact on what we consider as the real world.
And by real world, we
usually mean the world where we simply have to be practical, more
concerned about immediate results than about morality, mindful only of
worldly values and criteria rather than spiritual and supernatural
But we cannot deny that deep
in our heart there is a yearning for some stable contact with the very
source of life, of goodness, of a joy without end, of peace that would
go on and on, etc.
Itís this yearning that,
from the subjective point of view, lays the foundation for our need of
prayer. We want to know the ultimate causes of things, but many times
we abort this desire just to give way to reasons of practicality. We
have to be aware of this bad tendency and do something to correct it.
Thereís, of course, an
objective basis for our need of prayer, but this would require faith
which actually is given to us in abundance but which we also have to
correspond. The problem lies precisely in our non-correspondence or at
least in our inadequate correspondence to this God-given faith and
many other graces.
The objective truth is that
we are creatures of a Creator, of whom we have an inkling that he must
be all-powerful, all-knowing, all-wise, etc. That inkling is validated
and reinforced with the motu proprio revelation the Creator
makes of himself and of us and of everything else in life and in the
According to that
revelation, made in full in Christ and perpetually kept and taught by
the Church, we have been made in the image and likeness of God our
Creator, endowed with a spiritual soul that enables us through our
intellect and will to know and to love, to enter into relationships
with everybody else, starting ideally with God himself.
We need to learn to pray,
because it is in so doing that we get in touch with the very
foundation of reality himself, God our Creator and heaven. It is in
praying that we keep ourselves spiritually alive and put ourselves in
position to know the human and divine meaning of everything that
happens in our life.
We cannot deny that in all
aspects of our life, we have to contend with difficult and complicated
issues, problems, and challenges. Whether it is about our very
intimate private, personal and spiritual life, or in our collective
life of business, politics and work, we unavoidably have to face
With prayer, our
understanding and reactions to things and events would be deep and
extensive, going beyond what is merely practical and convenient, what
is socially or politically correct, etc. Our understanding and
reactions to things and events would be marked by true wisdom and
When we pray, we somehow
would know how to distinguish between what is essential and what is
not in any given issue, be it in politics or ethics or whatever. We
would know how to work for what is constructive in a given a situation
rather than contribute to what is destructive and disunitive.
Especially in the most
dizzying world of our politics and social life, we really need to pray
well. Otherwise, we simply would plunge into the freefall of acrimony,
grumbling and murmuring, anguish and hatred, occasioned by the
increasing differences and conflicts of our opinions and preferences.
We need to realize that
prayer is the language of the heart, the very breathing our soul needs
in order to survive and function well. It is actually indispensable in
our life. But we have to be aware of this need by activating our
faith, since it is not a need that springs automatically from our
feelings and bodily conditions.
When we pray, we have to
constantly remind ourselves of to whom we are praying. Such awareness
would help us to be in the proper attitude and disposition. It
practically would show us how to prepare ourselves for prayer and how
to proceed whenever we start to pray.
When we are aware of with
whom we are conversing when we pray, we actually would feel at ease
and at peace, with joy and sense of goodness to boot, because we would
know we are with our Father who is full of mercy and compassion.