The Importance of Prayer

We sometimes both compartmentalize and limit ourselves in our faith, because we place more importance on things such as work, socializing, having fun, etc. We minimize our faith without meaning to. We simply forget about it in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. In order to avoid putting our faith in a box and shoving it to the side to collect dust the other 167 hours of the week that we’re not in Mass on Sunday, we need to find ways to incorporate our faith into our daily lives. One of the most powerful and obvious ways of doing this is through prayer.

For those who have a lot to say or want a more organized way of praying, a prayer journal can be an excellent way of reminding yourself to pray often and to meditate on God. It can be both therapeutic and satisfying to get all of your thoughts, hopes, and worries out of your head and onto paper. There is no correct way to prayer journal and you can switch it up whenever you want. Perhaps you just want to vent to God; or you may want to write poems, or reflections on matters of faith, or whatever words come to your head. You could also simply write lists of intentions to pray for, or Bible verses that inspire or have meaning to you.

If you have trouble coming up with words to speak or write and feel uncomfortable just saying what comes to mind, there is a plenitude of beautiful written prayers available. The Rosary is always a good prayer to fall back on when you can’t think of what to say. The Divine Mercy Chaplet is also a beautiful and simple prayer.

Finally, when words fail, simply allowing yourself to be quiet, closing your eyes, and just focusing on God can be extremely powerful. You can do this anywhere, but it helps to go to a quiet place such as a chapel or Church, or even just a quiet room where you can be alone. Allow yourself to be in God’s presence and allow Him to examine your conscience.

We often get so caught up in our own lives, our own struggles, our own failures, our own problems, and we make excuses saying we don’t have time for faith because we have other things to worry about without realizing that the best advice giver, the best helper, the one who has all the answers is constantly available to us through prayer. We get so worked up and try to figure everything out by ourselves instead of turning to the one who wrote the story of our lives and who knows us better than ourselves.

We need to revamp our faith. And one of the best ways of doing this is through the obvious answer that we so often overlook, forget, or make excuses about: prayer.

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