Pray always without becoming weary

For those of us who have lived in or visited other countries, one of the first things we ask ourselves is if we will be able to speak the language of the people of that country. Will we be able to communicate with those we encounter? We put a lot of effort into learning other languages, because communication is necessary.

When we were growing up, when learned how to speak, everyone was excited because we could communicate, because we had made a connection with others. From then on, if we fail to communicate, some people may think that there is a reason, either on our part or theirs. It is natural to want to communicate, to express what we think, what we feel, what we need, to give thanks…etc.

Prayer is the way we communicate with God, and after we have learned how, the logical next step is to continue to communicate with the One who has given us our existence. Jesus insists by words and example on the need to pray and to do it always, because praying is the way we communicate with God.

If we believe that we do not know how to pray, we need to learn and do it according to our age, because adults do not pray in the same way that children do. When we hear that there is a need to pray and to do it always, we may think that this is a little difficult to understand; yet it is not impossible to do so, especially when we understand Who God is and who we are; the fulfillment of our lives consists in our communication with God.

It is through this communication with God that we realize the plan that the Lord has for us, and how, in following that plan, we will find fulfillment for our lives. It is in our communication with God that we become familiar with Him, and in doing so we become like Him.

One of the things we can notice when we read the Bible attentively is that every time someone communicates with God (prayer), the one who speaks the most is not the person, but God Himself. This is a clue for us to help us to pray better: it is to learn the art of listening.

One of the objectives of prayer is to know what God has to say… to listen to His voice, and for that we need to learn to be silent. Some may think that since God knows everything, He surely knows what I need and what I want to say. They are correct: He does know, but prayer is not to let God know some- thing about us, but to let us know about the Lord, because while it is true that the Lord knows what is in our hearts, it is also true that we do not yet know God’s plans, desire, and will. “Praying always” is for us to be in contact with God at all times and all places: God intended that they would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us. ‘For in Him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘- We are His off- spring’ (Acts 17:27-28).

-Fr. Sergio