Jesus at Prayer
I will invoke Our Lord in short and simple prayer
by Father Paul Campbell, LC | Source: Catholic.net
Lord, thank you for
this time we will spend together. I wish to step away from the world and all its activities to be
alone with you now. You are my beginning and my end: you created me, and you are leading me
home to you in heaven. Thank you for your love. I know I deserve nothing from you and that my sins
compound my unworthiness, yet you would still enfold me in your unfathomable
Lord, increase my love for prayer and the interior life.
1. A Man for Others:
Here is Jesus in action. He works tirelessly from morning
to night. He never thinks of himself. He never says he's too tired or too busy to serve someone or
to give others part of his time. He is there for everyone, and he keeps pushing himself to do more
and more. He loves, and his love compels him to give himself to everyone around him without counting
the cost. The whole city gathers to see him, and he opens his heart to all. He teaches. He heals the
sick. He casts out demons. He is a man for others.
2. A Man of Prayer:
full day of work, Jesus rested for just a little while, and then he rose early for prayer. There was
a balance between his apostolic work and his life of prayer. Jesus wasn't too busy to seek the
solitude necessary to speak heart-to-heart with his Father. He found strength in prayer. He
strengthened his resolve to follow his Father's plan in prayer. He was absorbed in prayer for so
long that the others began to go in search of him. Prayer wasn't just a one-time activity: it was
part of his daily routine.
3. Everyone Is Searching for Him:
searching for you," they said when they found Christ. They expressed the desire of every person. We
all need God. He is the deepest desire of the human heart. God is searching for us, too. Jesus gets
up from his prayer and heads out to the next town. We are searching for Christ, and he is searching
for us. Where do we meet him? In prayer. In prayer we speak heart-to-heart with the one whom we know
loves us. In prayer we can speak about the things that are important to us and about those things
that are most important to him. This vital encounter gives light and strength to every other
encounter we will have during the rest of the day. Through prayer, our love for others is enkindled
so that we can spend ourselves tirelessly for others as Jesus did. Through prayer, we can be a men
and women for others.
Conversation with Christ:
Lord, help me to put you first
in my life by giving you
the best of my time. Help me not to give into laziness,
but to rise early in the morning so that I can be with you.
I need you in my
life. Help me to experience your love so
that I can share it with others. Help me to give
your plan of salvation and to reach out to those who are
for you. Help me to hunger for you alone
so that you will satisfy my
I will invoke Our Lord in short and simple prayers
throughout today, telling him I love him and asking for the grace of a greater intimacy with him
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