We all know what prayer is. Some of us even try to pray everyday. But do you find that it becomes a boring routine or do you feel like God isn’t even listening to you? A lot of people struggle with prayer. The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains that prayer is the lifting up of our hearts to God. ASK A BISHOP got the chance to sit down with Archbishop Aquila to discuss prayer.
Aquila said that prayer is entering in that quiet solitude with the Lord. The Gospel tells us that Jesus would often go to a quiet place to pray to truly be in communion with the Father. His deepest desire was seeking the will of the Father and doing the will of the Father.
In learning to pray, Jesus taught us to go into the quiet of our rooms and also taught us the great prayer of the Our Father. As his disciples, when we pray, our prayer is to be directed to the Father. Prayer is entering into that conversation like we have with each other and opening our hearts with the Lord and sharing our desires with Him.
St. Therese of Lisieux said prayer is a gaze at God or a movement within our hearts to speak heart to heart with the Lord.
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(Article written by Kate Anderson)