Prayer is powerful. God listens to our prayers. He may already know what we are going to say, or understands our problems, but he wants to hear from us. Remember even Jesus prayed. He even gave us great examples of how we should pray.
Let me tell you about a Catholic Brother, 1qBrother Lawrence died over 324 years ago, but his teachings about prayer are just as relevant today as they were back then. After a dramatic religious conversion, young soldier Nicholas Herman decided to devote his life to following God and learning more about Christ. He joined a monastery and took the name Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection. There, he spent the rest of his life working in a kitchen and repairing his brothers’ sandals. But during his decades of doing seemingly menial jobs, Brother Lawrence discovered a profound truth about having a relationship with God: Experiencing His presence can—and should—happen everywhere.
I believe that Brother Lawrence talked to God continually. I really encourage you to read his book, “The Practice of the Presence of God.” A few things I’ll mention here. Quotes from his writings.
On God’s Nearness
“You need not cry very loud: He is nearer to us than we think.”
On a Mindset of Prayer
“One way to re-collect the mind easily in the time of prayer, and preserve it more in tranquillity, is not to let it wander too far in other times: you should keep it strictly in the presence of God; and being accustomed to think of Him often, you will find it easy to keep your mind calm in the time of prayer, or at least to recall it from its wanderings.”
“We ought not to be weary of doing little things for the love of God, who regards not the greatness of the work, but the love with which it is performed.”
“We ought to propose to ourselves is to become, in this life, the most perfect worshippers of God we can possibly be, as we hope to be through all eternity.”
On Constant Prayer
“There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful, than that of a continual conversation with God; those only can comprehend it who practice and experience it.”
“We should put life in our faith. We should give ourselves utterly to God in pure abandonment, in temporal and spiritual matters alike, and find contentment in the doing of His will, whether he takes us through sufferings or consolations.”
“I did not pray for any relief, but I prayed for strength to suffer with courage, humility and love.”
Consider your prayer time to be a dedicated time each morning and then a prayer time that is continuously going throughout your day. A Continue Conversation with God! Amen.