love to pray
“Lord, teach us to pray.” —Luke 11:1
Do you have a lot to learn about prayer? Do you want to learn to pray more deeply? How much time and energy are you willing to spend in learning to pray better? If we love the Lord, we should want to learn to pray better, for prayer is communicating with the One Who is the Love of our lives (see 1 Jn 4:16). However, many Christians don’t pray very much and neglect to take any practical means to learn to pray. This usually indicates a lack of love for the Lord.
Love is the basis of prayer. Where there is true love, we always find prayer and the desire to learn to pray better. Consequently, before asking Jesus to teach us to pray, we should ask Him to teach us to love. When we open our hearts to receive His love, we will pray. Love always prays.
We speak and pray from the abundance of our hearts (see Lk 6:45). So, prayer-problems are heart-problems, which are love-problems. To begin to learn to pray, ask the Sacred Heart of Jesus together with the Father to stir into flame the fire of the Spirit in your heart (2 Tm 1:6-7). The Spirit will then pour out love in your heart (Rm 5:5), and this love will overflow into prayer.
Prayer: Jesus, teach me to love to pray.
Promise: “Praise the Lord, all You nations; glorify Him, all you peoples!” —Ps 117:1
Praise: Pope St. Pius established the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary in 1573. Pope Clement XI extended the feast to the universal Church in 1716. “Mother Mary, pray for us.”
Reference: (The annual married couples’ retreat is Nov. 13-14. Find support and teachings that reinforce the Lord’s and the Church’s teachings on married life. Our retreat center is in Adams Co., Ohio, a beautiful setting and an ideal place to step aside with the Lord and your spouse. Call 513-373-2397 or see www.presentationministries.com for more information.)
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