The Power of Prayer
The Power of Prayer
The teaching of the Church looks at the work of prayer in three ways:
- Firstly; prayer is given to us as a gift from God and so we need humility to use it well. Humility helps us defend against any pride and selfishness — things that help us resist any sense that we ‘have God in our pocket’.
- Secondly; prayer expresses our personal relationship with God. This relationship needs to constantly grow – which will cost us – thus motivating us to invest in and give more to the relationship, and not just to receive or get something from it for ourselves.
- Thirdly, true prayer is marked by authenticity, compassion, honesty, maturity and devotion. Our relationship with God prevents us from being false with God and from taking Him for granted. It also changes us and our human relationships.
God does indeed answer our prayers, sometimes with a definite and clear “yes.” And, with the experience of faith, we know that through prayer certain courses of events are averted or redirected. Often, it is that God gives us what we need in life rather than what we want.
When we truly pray from our hearts, we meet God in deep communion. The intercession of the saints, too, help us to grow in conversion and growth in God’s grace. Thus, with prayer, God changes our hearts to better receive and live in His will for us. That’s why the Scriptures repeatedly teach us to pray always, to give thanks, to ask for our needs, and to keep listening to the Lord in prayer and discernment.
Personal prayer is key in deepening and growing in our relationship with God through the power of the Holy Spirit. Through our prayer, God speaks and we listen; and in return, God looks after us and our needs. In fact, we can face anything when we live in His love.
The most powerful prayer for us as Catholics is the Sacrifice of the Mass. Gather for Mass with us at St John Vianney’s, come to Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction in our church. For private prayer do feel welcome to pop in into our church for a peaceful visit to the Blessed Sacrament – our church is open all day every day. And if you are praying quietly at home or praying the rosary as you travel to work or college remember the Lord is always with you.