As my companion was cleaning up the final things after her sessions in the chapel for confession for good news for camp, three girls who are taking summer classes came in. The asked…
Can we, like, pray?
The answer was a simple yes. They then, in the back, knelt down and prayed.
For some reason it took me a little by surprise. These were not troublemakers, but nor did they seem to be the ones to just walk in a pray. It made me smile that they would take some of the spare time they had and come into the chapel. Maybe there is more hope in the youth of today than people tend to give them credit for. This is why I work for youth.
Permission to pray, do we really need to ask for it? Perhaps it is the fear of what others will think or maybe something else. Everything we do should be prayer, so then do we need to ask for permission to move, to breath, to do anything at all, or even to just stay still doing nothing?
Of course we can pray, just make everything a prayer in the heart. Of course we can pray, God is waiting to hear from you.