But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. (Matt 6:5)
We will shortly begin Lent, time of preparation for Easter. One of the activities that will prepare us for Easter is prayer. Prayer helps us to order our lives and strengthen our relationship with God. Prayer guides us towards the wholeness and fullness of life to which we are called at Easter. As this scripture says, our prayer for the most part should be a personal matter not something for public show.
Prayer, as personal quiet time with God, helps us to step away from the distractions of life – of which there are no shortage. Prayer helps us to reflect upon what matters and whether our actions match what we profess. While prayer is important for us all, it is of benefit to young people as they sift through their choices. Publicly reciting ‘holy words’ in an empty fashion is not prayer. Working to build a strong relationship with God through prayer will help them.
Have a great week!