The Art of Prayer
Those of us intentionally pursuing holiness and a deeper union with the indwelling Trinity intuitively know that prayer is vital and indispensable. Among the first requests the disciples made of Jesus was "Lord, teach us to pray" (LK 11:1). They were hungry for what Jesus had; they saw Him work healings, signs, miracles and many wonders and heard Him preaching with astounding authority. But perhaps what struck them most was the unparalleled intimacy Jesus had with His heavenly Father as He regularly spent entire nights in prayer.
Prayer being so vital and indispensable to our life in God, it stands to reason that teaching on prayer, so that we can learn to pray, is also vital and indispensable; hence the simple but extremely relevant teachings on prayer you'll find below.
Prayer is fundamentally a life-giving, personal relationship (CCC 2558) with Him who is all life, truth, goodness, joy and freedom. That relationship (therefore prayer) is intended to be a joy and consolation, as well as a source of strength, healing and deliverance. As we cultivate and deepen that relationship with each person of the Trinity, we begin to appropriate more and more fully our identity as sons and daughters of our heavenly Father. Knowing the truth of who we truly are "in Christ Jesus", not only gives direction and purpose to our lives but paves the way to equip us to fulfill, in the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit, the personal mission that we alone were created to fulfill. So the more we pray, the holier we become and the more anointed will our lives become. And isn't that what we all want? Anointed lives that will impact all those we love and all those we reach out to through our individual callings, ministries, jobs and vocations!
At this stage, the following is not a comprehensive course on prayer, but the following videos all shed light on some important aspect of personal prayer. Prayer is quite a beautiful mystery, a vast reality. That explains why you will also find other 'prayer-related' videos more specific to various aspects of spiritual growth, on our Interior Journey page.
Most Christians we have met really want to do God's will because we all intuitively know that God's perspective on every facet of our lives is essentially perfect. Nothing is wanting. All is perfectly ordered and we long to enter into that place in our lives where everything eventually falls into place. But it can be difficult to know how to go about getting God's thoughts on a particular issue that is significant to us. Of course, having a conversation with God about any matter of importance in our lives is once again the foundation of it all!
We offer a few discernment tips that we've learned and relied upon when we've sought to discover (i.e. discern) God's will for our lives. We hope they will prove to be of value to you.