As one may notice, I like to look up random faith quotes on the internet in my free time and share them, as well as how it may relate to my journey. Here is another!
Virtues are formed by prayer. Prayer preserves temperance. Prayer suppresses anger. Prayer prevents emotions of pride and envy. Prayer draws into the soul the Holy Spirit, and raises man to Heaven. — St. Ephraem
Prayer is one of the most powerful weapons in our faith. There are so many things that prayer can do in our life! It can give praise, give thanksgiving, ask for help, ask for guidance, and so much more. People have prayed since the day they started life on earth. Even Jesus prayed, and he was divine! He had fears, but he was able to lift it to his Father so that he may have the strength to do what needed to be done.
When we pray, we form the virtues and morals that will guide us through life. Prayer helps us in ways we may not even be aware of. Even just sitting with Jesus, adoration or in front of the tabernacle, in silence is prayer; being in the presence of Jesus is showing that we want to be one with him. Drawing ourselves into prayer will lead us to heaven, isn’t that such a great reason to pray!? Prayer can come in many forms, unique to each person. As long as the Eucharist is the core, pray how prayer comes to you.
I find that as simple as the concept of praying is, I am not doing it very much these days. We should always pray, no matter how easy or how hard life is. I would always say that things are hard, so I must pray more. In the end, now matter what, I need to pray more! Of course, depending on what is going on in my life depends on how I will pray at a particular time.
For instance, right now the thing I am toying in my mind constantly is finishing my application and sending it in so I can hear officially back on entering formation for religious life. There are the million of questions, I am envious at those who just know and know more surely, there are pressures all around me, I am far from friends and their love, there are all these things I fear giving up, I am all around an emotional mess. The thing at the core that I continue to pray about is that I have the strength to handle what God gives me, as well as the response I make with it. I could say so much more that may or may not be inspirational. It would all be me, no question, but the only thing I have left is pray. Pray it will all happen as it should and that we have the strength to go through with it.
So go pray, now.