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The Holy Spirit:

 The aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray Romans 8:26

Do you ever get tired of praying? Do you ever feel loaded down from your prayers—all of these things that we have as Catholics, i.e., Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, the Liturgy of the Hours, or whatever other prayers that one might choose to pray?

There are certain prayers that Fr. Jirak and I have to do that are a part of the promises that we took at our ordinations. On top of those, we have our personal devotions, a holy hour, and whatever else we may also choose to pray. 

Often times I find myself saying my prayers, and I am literally going through the motions. Do you ever experience that? We pray prayers, we say them for our parish, friends, family, ourselves, but the thing is: Do we ever encounter God in our prayer?

Why do we pray? Well, we pray because we love God, right? We can be faithful in our daily prayers, which is showing that we do indeed love him. But when we do not encounter God in our prayer, perhaps it is because we are praying with our own power.

This Sunday, St. Paul reminds us that:  The Holy Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groanings.

You see, God wants us to pray well. The Holy Spirit is our helper! He wants us to have the relationship with Him. He did after all, send his Son, Jesus Christ, into the world so that we might be saved and be with Him in the next. He has an invested interest in us. 

Do we know that? Perhaps. Do we believe that? Do we believe we need God like a child needs his Mother or Father? There is a humility that Christ is calling us to attain with his help. Are we willing to let Jesus be that important in our lives? 

Or, is prayer a burden? Is prayer something we have to do so God doesn’t get mad at us? If so, then it is no wonder we get tired and exhausted from waiting for the “Wish-Giver” to grant us what we pray for? He’s an idea, not a person.

Next time you are in prayer, instead of asking God for this or that, just sit and be with Him. Allow Him to be with you. Let the Holy Spirit lead you.

The stillness of prayer is the most essential condition for fruitful action~ St. Gianna Molla

Deacon Josh

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