Thursday, March 5, 2009

Difficulty Praying? Thursday (1WL) 3/5/09

Take up your cross, the Savior said,
If you would my disciple be;
Deny yourself, the world forsake,
And humbly follow after me.
(A 1st week reminder)

Most ask this question: "Why is prayer so difficult?" Consider, if you will, two modern technologies: the remote control (for tv, radio, fans, whatever) and the computer. We have become partners with these items. Each of these has taught us about remarkable achievements in our modern times. Type a few letters on a keyboard and within a few mini-seconds you can be speaking with and watching a relative in Hawaii! Or how easy and quick it has become for us to checkout several hundred tv stations while sitting in a chair opposite the tv. Technology has made us people who expect instantaneous action. We have become victims of teasers. Who of us can produce most of the dinners and desserts that are "made from scratch" in 30 minutes regardless of the way Emeril, Rachel or Paula might teach us.

However, prayer, even prayer made from scratch, takes time to be productive. Prayer will grow more difficult as we become more fitted to instantaneous activity in our daily lives. How many times have you thought: this is a terribly long traffic light -- what's the matter?

Prayer is very much like a seed. When planted in some soil, even the largest bulb does not sprout up in a day. Nature needs sunshine, rain, time. Prayer needs dedication, fidelity and patience.

When you pray using simple, recitative prayer, how long does it take to say the Our Father, for example? Do you find yourself tripping over the words because you are reciting the words so quickly? Thank you modernity!!! Again, prayer needs dedication, fidelity and time!!!