"Prayer is the search for God who is in heaven and everywhere, since He is infinite...The person who does not pray cannot live in God's grace." "The stillness of prayer is the most essential condition for fruitful action. Before all else, the disciple kneels down." (St. Gianna Beretta Molla) St. Gianna led a disciplined prayer life, literally starting and ending her days on her knees. Coccooned in silence, she found her own way to the heart of Christ.
Prayer is a very personal thing, and there are surely as many ways to pray as there are people - there is rote prayer, centering prayer, charismatic prayer, conversational prayer, lectio divina - the list goes on and on."But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth," Jesus tells us (John 4:23-24). God is spirit; He is not tied to a particular place or time - He is always accessible to us. As long as we worship in spirit and truth - firmly believing He hears us as we pray, opening our hearts and speaking the truth of our lives to Him, that is all God requires of us.
I have been reading a book and trying a new method of prayer, "The Prayer of Jesus Crucified" by Fr. Lawrence Edward Tucker, SOLT. It is a seemingly simple meditative prayer which focuses on lifting up a crucifix and then holding it facing and touching one's heart. Fr. Larry explains: "One should not come to this prayer with any expectations, or seeking visions and consolations. The beauty and power of this prayer is in its very simplicity. The soul should be animated by one simple desire...to lose itself in the mystery of God's eternal love." I found that very thought-provoking, because I think most of us come to prayer seeking something. I know I do!! Fr. Larry believes this prayer should be about giving oneself to God and being transformed by Him. It's a beautiful and compelling concept.
Whatever method of prayer one chooses, the essential thing is to do it! Prayer feeds on itself, and the more we pray, the more we are drawn into it. Whether we sit, stand, kneel, sing, cry, laugh, chant, or keep perfectly still, God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is listening...Amen!
St. Gianna Beretta Molla, pray for us!