Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.Hebrews 4:16
How do I talk to God?
I love my daughters’ definition about prayer. Her answer is so simple and succinct, “I don’t pray, I talk to God.” Her little statement enlists from me much food for thought. Each of us have our own journey with God. The very fact that it is immensely personal, makes it unique and different for each of us.
How do I start?
Relationships in life takes time to build. Prayer is very much the same. When we meet someone, not all of us have the skills to effectively communicate with ease. I am an introvert, and simple conversation is a source of stress for me. Being able to talk with ease is also relationship building. Trust is also one of the important foundations in relationship building.
When it comes to prayer, it is easy to say, “Jesus, I trust you!” Living it takes time. Blind trust is not something all can do, and like our relationships, it requires time and effort. Often, it is only during a crisis or when we are suffering that we call out in prayer. For many this is how prayer and talking to God starts.
How often have we called to God when we are scared? How often have I called to Him for help when the tunnel ahead looks dim? Yeah, I call to God when I was facing a crisis! This changed when I made the conscious decision to draw nearer to God, and turn away from my life of sin. Seeking for forgiveness, and then asking God to take the lead. “Help me be the person you meant me to be, ” I recall praying.
The video link below is one of the best discussions I have seen on prayer, and explains it much better than I would. I can only reiterate that prayer is an important part of my own spiritual growth and walk with Jesus Christ.
The video link is a very good start in understanding why prayer is an important part of our spiritual growth and relationship with our Almighty.
This YouTube video is from this article on prayer is from this post:
Don’t Give Up on Prayer: What St. Faustina Said About the Power of Prayer in Suffering | (churchpop.com)
The Ease Of Using Apps
Our youths today spend a great amount of time online. They communicate by adding “likes” to postings on social media platforms like Facebook, YouTube, TikTok and Snapchat. There is minimal communication and interaction. As we move farther away from communicating in the physical and towards communication via online, we also lose the skills to communicate, that is to talk, to share our thoughts and ideas. Today’s communication becomes etherized in images, emojis, or one liner.
As I have discussed in other post, we live in a Hybrid world that fuses the real with online realities. There are many apps available to help us with prayer, and I have linked a few below. Why use an apps? Prayer apps are a great way to integrate prayers and conversations with God into our prayer life. We already use devices, and some of these apps like Our Story – Hallow is a great way to start. There are 1 minute mediations for those who literally don’t have the time to pray. They can over time develop into longer prayer time. What is important is to start, and if it means starting from a 1 minute meditation, then why not?
When you feel you don’t have time to pray, it usually means you need to talk to God. Go small and build up your prayer life. The very act of taking that first step will lead to many more steps, and before you know it, you will feel the Hand of the Holy Spirit moving you towards greater depth in prayer.
Here is a list of the best Catholic Apps:
I personally use the two apps from Divine Mercy:
|Apps | Marians of the Immaculate ConceptionMary App. A complete resource for information on Our Lady and a guide to Marian devotion. Includes Marian prayers and an interactive Rosary. Free from the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception.www.marian.org|
|Divine Mercy App | The Divine MercyThe Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, who have promoted the authentic message of Divine Mercy since 1941, are pleased to release the OFFICIAL Divine Mercy App. This FREE app offers the complete Divine Mercy message and devotion in an easy to navigate format. The app has three main chapters with these features: (Screenshots from Android) THE MESSAGE Introduction towww.thedivinemercy.org|
|The Holy Rosary – Apps on Google PlayThe Holy Rosary that automatically selects the mysteries by day with beautiful illustrations that accompany prayer. In the application there are also The Divine Mercy Chaplet and the main christian prayers. For those who have Android 6 or later, go to SETTINGS \ APP, select the App The Holy Rosary, go PERMITS, and enable STORAGE. If you would like to report a prayer, devotion, etc., you can do …play.google.com|
Praying the Rosary on YouTube:
This is also available on Apple music, which is easily download – free if you have the plan or at a cost of a few dollars. Great to listen to anywhere – car, walk, or walking the dog, etc.
|17 Minute Rosary – Sorrowful Mysteries by Relevant Radio | Free Listening on SoundCloudHoly Rosary – The Sorrowful Mysteries (Tuesday and Friday) A 17 minute version of the Rosary as heard on Relevant Radio daily at 9pm-9:30pm ET / 8pm-8:30pm CTsoundcloud.com|
|17 Minute Rosary – Joyful Mysteries by Relevant Radio | Free Listening on SoundCloudGenre Rosary Comment by jo ki. Thank you this have been helping me so much . 2020-06-16T04:06:52Z Comment by danny. @rmmp62: its women. 2020-05-18T21:14:41Z Comment by user761734792. Jesus loves yousoundcloud.com|
Relevant Radio has many you can chose from, just click one of the above and you will see others listed.
Hope this helps. God Bless💖