Thought of the Day March 5, 2020 Authentic prayer

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We are given three prongs for Lent: prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Jesus spoke of them as important aspects of our spiritual journey. Concerning prayer, he said that multiplication of words publicly to be heard and seen was not praying. Someone has identified authentic prayer in these words. "Authentic prayer is fundamentally a prophetic experience, one in which the human creature can listen 
to the voice of the Lord in silence." (Fr. Pietro Bovati)

Yes, prayer is a dialogue between ourselves and God. But most of the time it turns out to be a monologue, with us doing most of the speaking. We spend much of our time petitioning God for our needs and the needs of others. There is nothing wrong with this. Jesus said to ask and we will receive. 

But this is prayer at the lower level of the ladder. The height of prayer is being still in the presence of the Lord and being present for the Lord. The focus of this form of prayer is totally God. It is the hardest form of prayer. "Be still and know that I am God." 

It is the prayer of the man who was seen sitting in Church for a long period of time without moving his lips in prayer or reading the scriptures, just smiling. When ask, what was he doing, he simply said: "I look at him and he looks and me and that's enough."  Try it.

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