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In the Gospels we are reminded time and again about the importance of prayer. The life of Jesus is full of instances where he pauses to pray, with the people around him or at other times withdrawing in solitude to spend much longer periods in prayer with his Father.

The gift of prayer comes to us by the grace of God. It is the way we communicate with God from our innermost hearts but it is also the way He speaks to us. In Mother Julian’s Divine Revelations she describes the process for prayer “I (God) myself am the root and source of your prayer. Firstly I desire that you should have a certain favour; then I move you to pray for it, and you do so. How, then, can you fail to obtain what you ask?”

Most Christians find that the more they look for God and His guidance in the world around them the more He seems to be there. All prayer leads to a closer union with God and different types of prayer will be relevant at different times and in different circumstances. For each person it is a very individual process, it is therefore good to explore a range of approaches, thereby finding the best way for us personally. Some days it will seem easier than others but God will always meet us just where we are, because our loving Father wants to guide and help us.

It is good to keep a record in a journal or prayer diary exactly what you feel God is saying to you, what you have been moved to pray for and the outcome. These important messages will prove a great source of inspiration, comfort and affirmation on your journey in faith.

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Verse of the Day

“When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. ‘In Bethlehem in Judea,’ they replied, ‘for this is what the prophet has written: ‘“But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.”’” — Matthew 2:4-6 Listen to chapter Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica. Powered by BibleGateway.com.