Wednesday, March 31, 2010

P r a y e r

Good God, from you I came and to You I desire to return. Almighty Father, lead me back safely home. My Savior Jesus Christ, let me not ever lose your love and care. Holy Spirit, do give me the resolve to do what is right, to repel what is wrong.

There are two forms of prayer, viz., those composed by the Saints, by the Church authority and verbatim recited by the people in general, and those that come from the heart of the praying individuals according to their obtaining disposition and/or felt needs. The first form consists in the “Official Prayers” of the Universal Church. The second form includes all “Personal Prayers” that some people spontaneously as instanced by their instant inspirations and/or aspirations. Both kind or classification of prayers have their respective significance and connotation.

The “Official Prayers” in and for the Church are essentially orthodox in intentions, formal in wordings and correct in doctrinal norms. In other words, they are supplications addressed to God and/or His Saints according to the standard principles of Faith, the norms of Hope and mandate of Love, as understood and sanctioned by the competent Church authority. A great number of these prayers are regularly invoked by the Christian faithful in the four corners of the globe – in different languages, gestures and times – usually on the occasion of Church liturgy, devotions and the like.

The “Personal Prayers” are precisely that, viz., personal in perceived needs and pursuant disposition, personal in urgency and intention, personal in disposition and spirit, and personal as well in verbal expression and emphasis. This form of prayers has some basic commonalities: First, they are strictly private to the persons individually thereby lifting their respective thoughts and sighs to God. Second, they are sincere as a matter of course, not only in the words chosen but in the way the prayers are said. Third, lastly but not insignificantly, personal prayers are essentially accompanied by the continuous attention of those saying them are composed according to the thoughts continuously obtaining in the heart and/or mind of those thus praying.

Question: Which prayers are better, i.e., the “official” or the “personal” ones. Answer: Notwithstanding all arguments in favor of one or the other form of prayer, the truth is that it ultimately depends of the disposition of the person praying – his/her faith, probity, sincerity. Those who have superficial faith should not expect the Good Lord to take them seriously. Those who have sin for breakfast, lunch and dinner should not be disappointed if God simply laughs at them. And those who take prayer as a joke might make Him only smile at them, and nothing else.

Advisory: Say some “Official Prayers” and certain “Personal Prayers”. Believe much in God. Live upright lives. Pray seriously.