Prayer is not magic. Rather, it is the way we grow in our relationship with God, listening to the Lord’s word and opening our hearts to receive the grace we need to face the difficulties of life. May our prayer help us to draw nearer to Christ today, so that we can offer our lives for Him.
The Gospel today shows the disciples both at work and at rest with Jesus. Finding balance in our lives can be challenging, yet when we take the long view we recognize that there are many different elements that enrich God’s gift of life.
The Lord offers a couple of examples to highlight the crucial need to be persistent in prayer. May these words inspire us every day to open our hearts to the Lord as we ask for what we need to grow in faith, hope and love.
The Lord’s Prayer has shaped the lives of countless Christians over the centuries. May we find in this powerful prayer a way to articulate the needs in our hearts as we open our souls to the grace of God.
The practices of fasting, prayer and almsgiving are powerful disciplines that the Church has embraced from the teaching of Jesus, and they offer immense power in shaping and guiding our spiritual lives.