One of the things that, very early in their travels with Jesus, fascinated the disciples was his commitment to personal prayer, something they knew only a little about. They did not really know who he was, but they were extremely impressed with him. He was so strong and consistent. He had such inner peace. He spoke such powerful words. He performed such amazing signs. He was so evidently a man of God, a prophet for sue, perhaps even in the line of the great prophets like Moses, Elijah, and Elisha. They were quite sure that there was a connection between what he said and did on the one and hand and his time of quiet prayer on the other.
So, they asked him about it. He responded by giving them the formula we have come to know as the Lord’s Prayer and by other directions as well. If we want to know how to pray well, we can do no better than to learn from Jesus himself.
We can find no better definition for prayer, I think, than the one the old catechisms gave: Prayer is the raising of the mind and heart to God. It is a communication with God. Jesus kept in regular touch with his Father while he was on earth. Luke says: “Then he went out to the mountain to pray, spend the night in communion with God.” (Luke 6:12) Communication, or communication, is a two-way exercise. It involves both talking and listening. We can pour our hearts to the Lord and tell him everything we can think of, but if we want to give him a chance to speak, we will have to fall silent for a while and listen.
If we are going to pray well, we are going to have to find a quiet place. Jesus says: “When you pray, go into your private room and close the door.” (Matthew 6:6) Are our lives so shared with other people and so hectic that we have serious trouble finding a spot remote enough to make prayer possible? If so, my feeling is that the Lord would be most happy to arrange something for us if we tell him we’re serious about getting down to some regular quiet pray.
Passage taken from We Are Called to be Companions of the Cross by Fr. Bob Bedard (pg 74-76).
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