Pray, Pray, Pray!

Mary in St. James Church

Message of August 25, 1989

 “Dear children! I call you to prayer. By means of prayer, little children, you obtain joy and peace. Through prayer you are richer in the mercy of God. Therefore, little children, let prayer be the life of each one of you. Especially I call you to pray so that all those who are far away from God may be converted. Then our hearts shall be richer because God will rule in the hearts of all men. Therefore, little children, pray, pray, pray! Let prayers begin to rule in the whole world. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

Prayer is a gift.

Prayer is a gift. Prayer is not to gain things. We pray for God’s benefit. When we pray, our goal is to bring pleasure to God, not ourselves. Prayer is for God. You are as close to God in prayer as you choose to be. Prayer is not a part of your life – it is your life. In Isaiah 29:13 God complains about prayer that it is half-headed and hypocritical. “The people were offering stale prayers, insincere praise, empty words and man-made rituals without even thinking about the meaning”. 

Jesus taught us that the heart of prayer is surrender. To surrender your life, your time and your own needs for God. Jesus showed us that in prayer, the more you surrender the more you become a winner. Surrender may not be the best way to live,  it is the only way to live and pray. Offering yourself to God is what prayer is all about. God doesn’t want a part of your life. As the book of Deuteronomy 6:4 tells us “God asks for all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and with all your strength”. Mary has shown by her life that God demands nothing less than everything.

Our Lady taught the children of Medjugorje how to pray with the heart. The one prayer that is very dear to the heart of Jesus and Mary is the Our Father.

Mt 6:9 “This, then, is how you should pray:    ” ‘Our Father in heaven,    hallowed be your name, “

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