Grace to you!
Suppose you were traveling with a friend on a vacation to a dream location. This friend means the world to you. Your friend has the best sense of humor and knows how to turn every dull moment to nuggets of pleasant surprises. You simply love traveling with this friend.
Suppose you walked with your friend through the park. Your friend’s conversations are so simple and validating. You feel very free to share anything, everything, without fear of being judged. You know your friend doesn’t judge you. Your vulnerabilities aren’t a concern anymore.
If you were to have such a friend, how often would you like to hang out with the person?
Prayer may mean so many things to so many people. For the Lord Jesus, it was a time with the Father, the one he knew personally, during which conversations were about a mutual mission.
How about you seeing prayer as companionship, a time with the best friend ever, and you two walk through the park in the spiritual serenity of the soul. The walk itself is already a conversation. The silence is conversation. The gazes are conversation. Everything in the context of this companionship is a conversation.
No word may be spoken, but the silence is truly a conversation of hearts. Just being present with your friend is reassuring. You know your faithful, un-judging friend is there with you. Your friend is accompanying you, your trusted companion.
Would it benefit you (your prayer life in particular) if you understand prayer as a companionship with the best friend ever – Jesus? What a friend we have in Jesus!
Through the walks of this companionship, every gesture is relevant, every thought is communicative of mutual love, and every word is grace filling. Even distractions are part of that conversation, just like the honking of cars, the traffic noise and the winds when you are in the park with your friend. Those ambience noises add to the thrill of the conversation.
See prayer as you being welcome into the home of the best companion ever – the companion, the communion of the Trinity, and it will change everything for you. Your prayer life would be transformed.
When the apostles of Jesus observed how Jesus prayed, it wasn’t a mechanical effort they saw. They saw a person in love with another person with whom he constantly was in conversation. They wanted to be like that; they wanted to pray like Jesus. Their request, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1) is for all of us who wish to learn more how to pray.
Perhaps we repeat the same prayer in the spirit of companionship – “Lord, teach me how to pray.” Amen.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
Fr. Maurice Emelu, Ph.D.
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on Scriptural readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration and developing your own thoughts. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.