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Prayer Pledge 2017: Day 22

St. Paul’s command to pray without ceasing has always terrified me. How could I possibly do that and continue to live my life out here in the world?

A few weeks ago, the daily Henri Nouwen meditation shared words of wisdom that have stuck with me since:

“Our minds are always active. We analyze, reflect, daydream, or dream. There is not a moment during the day or night when we are not thinking. You might say our thinking is “unceasing.” Sometimes we wish that we could stop thinking for a while; that would save us from many worries, guilt feelings, and fears. Our ability to think is our greatest gift, but it is also the source of our greatest pain. Do we have to become victims of our unceasing thoughts? No, we can convert our unceasing thinking into unceasing prayer by making our inner monologue into a continuing dialogue with our God, who is the source of all love.

Let’s break out of our isolation and realize that Someone who dwells in the center of our beings wants to listen with love to all that occupies and preoccupies our minds.”

do think constantly. I aspire to move into this “continuing dialogue” in a way that redeems my constant thought.

Comment below with your thoughts:

Have you found ways to be in dialogue with the Lord throughout your day? How do you understand the command to pray always?

or, simply answer:

Did you pray today?

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    Anonymous
    January 22, 2017 at 7:59 am

    I find it easiest to be in inner dialogue with Jesus when I’m out in nature. When I’m going for a walk, or sitting on my back porch, I feel his presence SO much. That’s why I always try to make time to spend time outdoors.

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    Cecilia
    January 22, 2017 at 11:44 am

    This could not have been any more relevant to my life and the exhausting, nonstop thoughts that have been swirling through my mind lately (and always!) Thank you Holy Spirit for placing this before me today, and thank you Blessed is She for being a conduit of God’s word to me and so many women striving to know Him better.

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    Megan Cahill-Assenza
    January 24, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    When I am worried or stressed, I start a dialogue with the Lord, sharing with Him what I am worried about, as it may sound like I am rambling to Him or my thoughts are incoherent because of my nerves. I know He understands me no matter what. If I trip and don’t fall, I always say “thank you for catching me” to our Lord. If I see friends throughout the day on campus unplanned, I also say “thank you” to Him too. The one thing I would like to do is start a dialogue with Him in the morning.

    Prayer is essential to your own personal relationship with God. A visiting priest from Dublin at my parish taught me the key to having a successful and meaning relationship with someone is to spend “quality time.” Prayer is quality time we set aside to spend one on one with God. Command in this context does not mean as a demand. It means importance….How do you understand the importance to pray always. God wants us to come to Him and our way to communicate to Him is prayer, in whichever form we like the best. What is most important is that we spend quality time with God. As a result our personal relationship with Him will grow stronger.

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