Prayer is God entering a dialogue with us

The Lord Is My Chef Breakfast Recipe for the Soul
Monday, Week XIII, Year I, 01 July 2019
Genesis 18:16-33 >< )))*> <*((( >< Matthew 8:18-22
Man loses head in prayer before God. Photo by JJ Jimeno of GMA-7 News, 27 May 2019.

Thank you very much, our dearest loving Father for the grace to pray to you always. Thank you very much in entering into a dialogue with us, Lord, when you make us feel your presence with us.

We pray because you come. Most of all, whatever we say when we pray is completely because of you!

You perfectly know well our needs long before we call on you. And that is why, even our basic prayer the Our Father were the words of your Son Jesus Christ. Our second most frequently recited prayer, the Hail Mary were the words of the Angel Gabriel you have sent to Mary and of the Holy Spirit speaking through Elizabeth during the Visitation.

Abraham also prayed to you for the just people of Sodom and Gomorrah because you made the first move of coming to visit him at Mamre. You were the first to make the move to enter into a dialogue with him.

And this is what makes prayer so wonderful and beautiful: you always reveal yourself to us as well as your plans.

The Lord reflected: “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do, now that he is to become a great and populous nation, and all the nations of the earth are to find blessing in him? Indeed, I have singled him out that he may direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord may carry into effect for Abraham the promises he made about him.”

Genesis 18:17-19

Like Abraham, teach us to listen to your words, O Lord, that we may perceive your Divine Will so that eventually we may find the best possible way to respond to you and your words.

Abraham interceded for the remaining just people of Sodom and Gomorrah which you eventually destroyed but after giving a chance for Lot and his family to flee to safety.

Abraham’s example shows us that in our dialogue with you in prayer, O God, any one of us can turn to you as toward a friend of whom we can ask anything, toward a father whose love and complete generosity is so well known.

Teach us to be hospitable like Abraham, always open to welcome you into ourselves especially Jesus Christ “the Son of Man who has nowhere to rest his head” (Mt.8:20).

Our almighty Father, help us find in prayer the place where we discern good and evil, where we become aware of what you ask of us and most of all, what we await from you our dearest God. Amen.

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