When I consider the biggest thing I am doing for God today, I will be sure to ask him in prayer to bless it
Jesus entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed
him. She had a sister named Mary, who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak.
Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has
left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me." The Lord said to her in reply, "Martha,
Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has
chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her."
Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus,
you are the master of the universe, and yet you wish to listen to me and guide me. You know all
things past, present and future, and yet you respect my freedom to choose you. Holy Trinity, you are
completely happy and fulfilled on you own, and yet you have generously brought us into existence.
You are our fulfillment. Thank you for the gift of yourself. I offer the littleness of myself in
return, knowing you are pleased with what I have to give. Holy Spirit, help me to deepen my faith
through the contemplation of today’s Gospel. Help me not only accept all you reveal as true, but
also live it. Help me live an authentic Christian faith, living your holy will at every moment of
the day. Lord Jesus, you are the master of the universe, and yet you wish to listen to me and guide
me. You know all things past, present and future and yet you respect my freedom to choose you. Holy
Trinity, you are completely happy and fulfilled on your own, and yet you have generously brought us
into existence. You are our fulfillment. Thank you for the gift of yourself. I offer the littleness
of myself in return, knowing you are pleased with what I have to give.
Petition: Lord, help me to learn how to pray better, to achieve the intimacy
with you that you desire.
1. “More Things Are Wrought By Prayer Than Your Philosophy Dreams
Of.” Many good people see prayer as a weak thing that really doesn’t help. So they put their
effort into doing great projects, into doing as much as they can to bring about good in the world.
This is a good thing. But prayer is essential. Even if I manage to involve thousands of others in my
project, I will still not accomplish as much as when I get God involved. Getting God involved
through prayer is the first and the most important thing to do if we are going to accomplish
anything. As King Arthur says to Sir Bedevere in Tennyson’s Morte d’Arthur, “More things are wrought
by prayer than your philosophy dreams of.”
2. Persevere in Prayer with Love:. Many critics of prayer
complain that they pray a lot, but it doesn’t seem to do any good. Well, there are a couple of
things to say about that. First of all, there needs to be love for God in my heart. God needs to be
someone familiar to me, a friend. In asking for a favor, I expect to get a greater response from
someone I know, someone who is close to me, than from a stranger. Imagine if there was someone I
barely knew, and the only time I saw him was when he needed a favor from me. Would I be inclined to
give him what he needs? Wouldn’t I feel instead that this person didn’t really respect me and was
trying to take advantage of me? I should ask myself if this is the way God feels when I ask him for
something in prayer. Second, I need to persevere. Like the Canaanite woman who asked Jesus to cure
her daughter, I have to persevere in prayer when things are difficult. Her perseverance increased
her faith, and in the end it got her what she wanted. If I persevere in prayer with love, I will get
all twhat I need.
3. Cooperate with God’s Plan Instead of Insisting on Your Own:. I need to
remember that every prayer has its effect. How often am I disappointed when I don’t get what I’m
asking for? Am I open enough in my prayer to let God work as he wants;, to follow his plan and not
mine? Do I force him to refuse my request by making it so narrow that there is no way to incorporate
it into his plan? Even if I don’t see the results of my prayer, that doesn’t mean God is not
listening. God always rises to the occasion and will often do something a lot better than what I
wanted him to do. He does what is best for me, even if it does not entirely conform to my plan. I
may never know or realize – in this life – the specifics of how God listened to my prayers. It takes
faith to accept this.
Conversation with Christ: Dear Lord, help me to trust in
you, especially in your plan for me. Help me never to neglect prayer, but rather give it the place
it deserves – the first place. Wwhatever project I undertake, help me to remember to start it with
prayer, pray while I am doing it, and finish it with prayer. I want to be close to you like Mary. I
want to serve you like Martha. Help me to find the right order and balance in my
Resolution: When I consider the biggest thing I am doing for God today, I
will be sure to ask him in prayer to bless it.