I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day.
Pope Francis hopes we encounter our Lord Jesus each and every day. There are lots of ways to do this: at church, in the Scriptures, service, relationships, nature. . . . and through personal prayer. Prayer is paying attention to Jesus, or, as the Pope says, at least letting Jesus pay attention to us.
- How do I respond to the idea that prayer is simply a relationship, relating with God?
- What has been my most successful relationship with another person?
- Which personality traits of both the other and myself contribute to the success of that relationship?
- What kind of effort (pleasurable, routine, sacrificial, etc.) do I put into that relationship?
- Have any relationships in my life hurt me, causing me to lose trust?
- How has love changed my life?
- Deep down, how do I feel about putting more time and energy into my relationship with God?
- How do I pray now? (Or when does it occur to me to pray?)
- Is my prayer life sustaining me?
- Would I like to try a different way of praying, or to try praying at a different time of day?
- What would happen if I dedicated myself to a new (or renewed) way of praying for 3 days? 5 days? A week?
- How did I pray when I was young?
- What do I want for the child(ren) or students in my life, ultimately? How would praying with them affect our relationship?
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