God wills us to pray in order to develop an incredible fellowship with Him. In fact, we are all wired for this. Why pray? As St. Augustine once said, “You have made us for Yourself; and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.“
Contemporary man has rediscovered the sacred, even if he does not always know how to identify it. Is man truly capable of knowing something beyond what he sees with his eyes or hears with his ears?
Man recognizes himself as an ethical being, capable of acting according to criteria of good and evil, and not only those of profit and pleasure. He also recognizes himself as a spiritual being, capable of putting himself in contact with God.
Prayer is the first verification of such a reality. That is how a conversation begins with your Creator.
Of course, there are those who say “I believe in Jesus Christ”, but they don’t affect the way they live. The answer is not that we now have to add hard work to our faith; rather, we haven’t truly understood or believed in Jesus at all.
Try reading Psalm 23 for three weeks. It begins with, “The Lord is my Shepherd… ” and ends with, “I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” You will notice the difference. This is a prayer of affirmation — not a prayer of petition, asking for favors. It will move you so much, that you will want to make it part of your daily spiritual life from now on.
Have you ever directed your prayers inwardly rather than outwardly to the God -in-the-sky?
“Pray as if you were to die tomorrow.” Benjamin Franklin
Most of our lives our prayers lack genuine honesty and depth or passion. We sometimes pray in an automated mode.
“And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. ” Matthew 6:7-8
The Psalms are a supreme way of real praying. They help us fulfill a longing for a contact with the Divine Will of God– filled with honesty and flowing from the very core of our being. The ultimate goal is to feel totally one with everything — liberated and enlightened with your Divine Creator. This is the goal of all major faiths in the world: a union with God and all creation.
All the faiths, with the exception of Buddhism, teach that there is a God who is not a “Person” who has created the cosmos. It is possible to know and experience this personal Spiritual Source and it is our entire purpose in life to do so. These similarities are astounding even though there are differences: St. Paul’s idea of God-union was different from all other faiths: he insisted that Christ was the sole mediator of union with God. Our goal of being one with the Creator goes further: we ultimately all wish to share in the final bliss called heaven as fellow-heirs with God Himself, whom we will meet face to face.
While praying for others, imagine God’s Light of pure love surrounding your friend or relative — dazzling and protective. Visualize how he or she is being raised up and held by you in the light — asking for his or her health to be restored. If you yourself are suffering from fear or anxiety, you can also visualize how God’s power and strength are with you while you pray with eyes of faith knowing that there are forces of energy on your side at those moments. You eventually come to the realization that you are forced to ” let go and let God” because it is too much for you. “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” Timothy 1:7
Looking back at your life, you will acknowledge how any apparent evil has become good. Even better, “What am I most thankful to God for at this exact moment in time?”
Let us not forget the prayers of praise and thanksgiving. If you forget about your own Creator, you will quickly replace Him with a host of other forms of worship: sports, sex, electronic devices, etc.
One prays with the body as well as with the soul — whether it is on your knees or with raised hands. The act of chanting or singing stimulates glands and organs of your body.
“Teach us to pray”
Here is what St. Augustine said about teaching us to pray:
My brethren, do you imagine God is ignorant of what you need? He who knows our distress foreknows our desires also. That is why, in teaching them the Our Father, the Lord counseled his disciples not to use many words: “When you pray, do not keep babbling because your Father knows what you need before you ask him” Matthew 6, 7-8. If our Father already knows what we need, why tell him about it even in few words?… If you know about it, Lord, do we even need to pray?
However, he who says to us here: “Do not use many words in your prayers” says to us elsewhere: “Ask and you will receive”, and so that we don’t think this is said casually, he adds: “Seek and you will find”, and so that we don’t think this to be a mere figure of speech, see how he concludes: “Knock and it will be opened to you” Matthew 7,7
So what he wants is for you to begin by asking so as to receive, to set yourself to seeking in order to find and not to stop knocking so as to enter in the end… Why ask? Why seek? Why knock? Why weary ourselves with praying, seeking, knocking as though we had to inform him who already knows it all? We even read elsewhere: “Pray always without becoming weary” Luke 18,1
Well, to clear up this mystery, ask, seek, knock! If He disguises this mystery it is because He wants to move you to seek and find the explanation for yourself. We should all encourage ourselves to pray.
JESUS WISHES TO SPEAK TO YOU.
We Live in your Hearts if you Open them to us.
“I love you.
My dear friend, yes we live in your heart if you open them to us. Is there a greater gift than to receive your God in your heart? We love you and make our home in you. It is my joy to come and live in you.
All you need to do is to invite us in and repent of all your sins. Believe the words of the Gospel of John concerning this teaching which is called the Indwelling.
Come often to join us in your heart by praise and adoration. If you are joined with us, We will give you the great gift of peace. Your heart will be that little corner of heaven where joy will reign always.
If you truly love Me, you would be faithful to Me every day. My friends do not compromise with what is opposed to Me. Get rid of all doubts and accept Me with all your heart. If your heart is divided, you cannot advance and My grace in you is useless. May your faith be strong to believe that I am alive and that I love you.
Commit your whole life to Me and you will live in the power of the Holy Spirit. Be constant in prayer so that our relationship may grow and you will live in the light. I cherish all My faithful friends for I know I can count on them to carry out My will. They will not run away when it is difficult but they will rely on My grace to live through these difficult days.
Be on the watch though for temptations so that you do not fall into sin. Remain close to the Father, the Holy Spirit and me. In heaven, you will be perfectly united with us forever.
Today be a home for Us and show Us your love. We bless you with our love.”
The above messages came to Father Melvin Doucette:
Fr. Melvin Doucette was ordained to the priesthood on and joined the Missionaries of Africa for 29 years in Africa. In contemplative prayer every morning, Fr. Doucette receives by interior locution “messages from heaven” to share with the public.