When I think of prayer I am struck by how my earlier notions have changed and keep growing and changing. Prayer is a form of communication, a way of talking to God. It may be formal or informal. Often we think of prayer primarily as asking God for something but it is so much more. When we have a conversation with a friend we are able to feel that they are listening to us. The same is true of God. Our God is always ready to listen to us and is always present to us. We need to come frequently to God and allow ourselves to recognize God in all we do. By praying we strengthen that recognition of the presence of God, which draws us closer to God. We do not always have the time that we wish to spend in prayer but I believe that our God understands that and knows the desire of our heart. Let us during this Lenten season have the desire to spend more time in prayer – in conversation – with our God who loves and cares for us and all we do.
Pat Schifini, OSU